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Coast Guard warns of high water on Savannah River

7:11 AM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge, Savannah River, Savannah, Georgia, 1991. (Photo by Arcaid/UIG via Getty Images)
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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The U.S. Coast Guard is alerting mariners in the Savannah area to expect significantly higher and faster-moving water on the Savannah River.

Coast Guard officials say the conditions are expected to begin around Thursday and will likely peak with a 10-foot high tide late Monday.

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Mark Sawyer tells The Savannah Morning News that continuing rains in the upper Savannah River basin have prompted the situation. He said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week began releasing water from flood storage reservoirs at Hartwell, Richard Russell and J. Strom Thurmond lakes.

He said that when water is released from the reservoirs, it typically takes about a week for people to feel the effects downstream in Savannah.

Associated Press

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