Choctawhatchee River water levels lowering heading into the weekend

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — The Choctawhatchee river runs through Robert Fowler Park leaving the junction area submerged in water after the effects of Hurricane Sally.

You normally can see the road and the river but as of now, that’s not the case as it all looks like a giant lake.

Residents were caught by surprise.

“Well, it’s usually not as high as the water and you can see all the way back to the road and not a lot of water.

Speaking of a lot of water, if that’s not enough it’s expected to rise.

“We’re gonna be rising, now we’re at 25, 28, 30 we’re continually rising tonight, and into to tomorrow into Saturday,” Geneva County EMA Director Eric Johnson said.

According to Johnson, its been at least two decades since Geneva has seen such a big flood.

“In 94 we had worse so 90 and 94 were worst than what you’re seeing today. I think we had time since then maybe 98 or maybe the end of the 2000s. So you probably seeing today the fourth-worst situation we had in Geneva,” Johnson said.

Earlier, officials expected the water levels to reach up to about 35 feet but now the chances are a bit lower.

“From 35 and a half to 32 and a half. It’s looking like our levels are lowering instead of higher so that’s a good thing.

Johnson says if you are living in low lying areas you need to act now and evacuate because Saturday it will be too late. He also strongly encourages you to stay away from trying to sightsee the flooded areas.

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