Montgomery County Sheriff, EMA Issue Evacuation for Residents along Oconee River

Mt. VERNON, GA – The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners along with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency has issued a request for an evacuation for residents.

They are expecting high flood waters from North Georgia to affect the Oconee river basin possibly resulting the river to overflow.

From Storm Team 3 we are expecting these types of conditions for neighbors in Montgomery County this week:

The flood warning continues for the Oconee River near Mount Vernon from late this afternoon until further notice.

At 5:00 AM Sunday the stage was 14.3 feet and rising.

No flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast with the flood stage set at 16.0 feet.

The river is forecast to rise above flood stage by late this afternoon and continue to rise to near 22.5 feet by Wednesday morning.

At 23.0 feet, major flooding begins with widespread inundation of the woodlands and pastures upstream and downstream from the gage on U.S highway 280. Most of the access road to the boat ramp on the Wheeler county side of the river is flooded

These are the areas authorities will be issuing evacuation orders for:

Dead River Road

Three Rivers Road

Towns Bluff Road (and low lying areas)

If you live in the following areas, The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners request that you began the process of evacuating the area.

Per a message on the sheriff departments Facebook page.

“The Oconee River is projected to crest Monday, December 28, 2015, at 22 ½ feet posing a flooding hazard. Roads will become flooded and unable to pass thus, making rescue efforts unsafe or impossible. We respectfully request the citizens in the affected area(s) to seek housing in a safe area. A MANDATORY EVACUATION will be issued Monday, December 28, 2015, at 08:00 A.M., following further developments and flooding. The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency will provide temporary shelter at the following location:

Montgomery County Middle School Gym located at:
701 Dobbins St. Mt. Vernon, GA 30445”

Please stay informed with river flooding forecast and for any further information call 911 or the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 583 2521.

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