Elba residents relieved as flooding threat appears to diminish

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ELBA, Ala. (WDHN) — After earlier data said the Pea River would crest at 41.8 feet, the current crest projection sits as 30.5 feet.

The river is expected to reach that crest at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“Now we’ll just wait and see,” said Grant Lyons, deputy director of the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency. “As the water starts to recede up north of us, some of those issues flooding-wise, we can expect a little of that water to come down to us in Elba and then expect it to move onto Geneva afterward.”

Currently, the river’s water level is fluctuating, but overall, it is going down. That’s why residents like Chelsea Cooper will rest easily inside their homes. Cooper, like many other residents, were packed up and ready to evacuate.

“The weight of knowing what you might have to go through, what your kids might have to go through too, it’s such a relief that they don’t have to do that,” she said.

Residents aren’t the only ones who are relieved. After so much uncertainty about the possible flood and so many road closures, people who work in Elba are now able to return to their jobs.

“This is affecting my job, not only if it was my home,” Tyra Bradley said. “I was concerned for my home and for my job. It’s definitely been a better day. Yesterday, I would have told you I was a little freaked out, and then Wednesday, I was freaked out. Today I feel a lot better for sure.”

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