Geneva County to face major flooding risk this weekend

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — From the golf course to the walking trails, the entire Choctawhatchee River is flooded.

EMA director Eric Johnson said this will affect residents in the area.

“As of now, we have Highway 85 that is going to be closing here (Thursday) afternoon in Geneva County, Highway 54, and Highway 153 are closed,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the water is already up to 20 to 25 inches and continues to rise. Saturday is when the potential peak for the flood will be about 35 or 36 feet, causing major flooding.

He said he wants everyone to stay off the roads for the weekend. Geneva resident Ashlyn Cobb said this could impact life even after the main threat is gone.

“It’s affected a lot more than you think,” said Ashlyn Cobb, a Geneva resident. “We were coming down here to eat lunch actually me and my mom and we couldn’t. Schools been closed down for me, and I go to Wallace so I’m not sure what roads would be affected when I go there.”

There are several areas in Geneva that are flooded. One can even see many trees that have collapsed as you drive by.

As Johnson and other officials continue to monitor, the flooding he wants residents to keep one thing in mind.

“So please if you will — Geneva residents, Samsom residents, Hartford residents, Slocomb residents — stay home during the next few days until we get past this flooding, and the river starts to subside,” Johnson said.

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