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March 26, 2020 10:49 AM

Recent Rise in Water Levels on the Middle Suwannee River

High rainfall in late February in the Alapaha and Little River watersheds has resulted in a recent rise in water levels on the middle Suwannee River. While most of the District received less than 50% of normal rainfall in the past 30 days, some parts of southern Georgia had over 150% of normal rainfall.

The recent rise in river levels peaked in Branford on March 18th at 20 feet above sea level, rising nearly 7 feet in the previous two weeks. Levels on the Suwannee River near Wilcox peaked over the weekend of March 21-22 and are now declining as the wave of higher water moves downstream.

Graphic: percent of typical rainfall in the 30 days before March 23rd
Source: National Weather Service

Georgia map of water levels
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