AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Augusta Riverwalk is shut down because of flooding concerns. The Baurle boat ramp and 5th Street Marina boat ramp were already closed. The Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management Agency made the move following recent heavy rain and the decision to release water from Thurmond and Hartwell Lakes.
Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing 30,000 cubic feet per second of water. That could certainly cause the Savannah River level to go significantly higher. The EMA is warning areas along the river may see an increase rivaling the flooding of July 2013.
Since the Riverwalk is closed to everyone, boaters and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area. You should not tamper with the barricades. Some people who live in boats that are docked at the Marina are being advised to move. The Fire Department is also warning residents along Alberclauss Drive, Goodale Landing and Waters Edge Drive of the possible problems because of the water release.
Augusta Fire Department firefighters will be checking on flood prone areas today. These areas include Rae's Creek and Bennock Mill Road, among other places. The Augusta Water Utilities department has closed the Butler Creek gates to prevent Phinizy swamp from filling.