To the GC Community,
Earlier today, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Peachtree City issued a Flood Warning affecting Baldwin, Washington, and Wilkinson counties until 5:21 am tomorrow (01/14/20). The water level for the Oconee River is rising rapidly, and will continue to rise as multiple gates on the Sinclair Dam are expected to be opened. The parking lot and the Oconee River Greenway Park just downstream from the bridge are expected to be completely flooded with water several feet deep.
Concern has been expressed for roadways leading to areas adjacent to the river, including Underwood Road, a main thoroughfare for reaching Arcadia. The NWS also issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for numerous counties in North and Central Georgia, including Baldwin, Hancock, and Jones. Widespread showers will continue due to a stalled frontal boundary, and showers could persist through Saturday.
While the threat of severe weather is significantly diminished, the additional rain enhances the risk of flooding. If you come across a flooded roadway, turn around. Please stay tuned to local weather alerts and contact emergency officials on- and off-campus, if assistance is needed.
Stay Safe Bobcats!