You could see people fishing, boating, picnicking and resting alongside the banks of the Flint River, which has risen a bit due to recent rainfall.
The Earle May Boat Basin in Bainbridge was full of activity on Wednesday afternoon.
At noon, the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals group attended a Lunch and Learn event on the back deck of the Chamber building, which sits on the banks of the Flint River.
After the meeting, I saw a family of two adults and several children fishing off a dock in the Boat Basin. Two older ladies wearing straw hats for protection from the sun sat with their coolers and bait along the edge of the Boat Basin, near the river channel.
Some church vans carrying a Boy Scout Troop from the First Baptist Church of Griffin, Ga. (southeast of Atlanta) arrived at the Boat Basin picnic shelter. I went and said hello, thinking they might be there to go out on the river.
One of the scouts’ chaperones introduced himself as Doug Hollberg, the mayor of Griffin. He said the scouts were on spring break from school and were on their way to spend several days at St. George Island, Fla. They chose to stop for a picnic lunch at the Boat Basin in Bainbridge.
Flint River has risen but is several feet short of flood stage
A glance at the Flint River shows the water running fast and up a bit over the past week; but the river isn’t expected to reach flood level within the next week or so.
The Flint River at Bainbridge was just over 21 feet on Tuesday, whereas it had been under 19 feet as recently as April 13. The current forecast from the National Weather Service has the Flint peaking at 21.8 feet on Saturday, April 25, still well short of the flood stage of 25 feet.
However, there is a chance of rain forecast every day through the start of next week, so we will have to wait to see how further rain affects the river. Right now, there are no points upriver that are in danger of flooding, according to the Weather Service’s Southeast River Forecast Center.
However, he Apalachicola River at Blountstown, Fla., and the Ochlocknee River at Concord, Fla., are experiencing minor flooding.
Water levels at Flint River at Bainbridge since April 1, 2015
Apalachicola River at Blountstown Forecast
Ochlocknee River at Thomasville Forecast