Creek levels rise due to rain

Published 8:22 am Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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Rain filled everyone’s Monday in the Greater Brewton Area.

With a reported estimate of 6 – 7 inches in the area, the water level of the creeks gradually increased as the day progressed.

“What is impacting the creeks and rivers is the rainfall for the entire basin for that waterway,” said David Adams, director of the Escambia County EMA.

“With that being said, the basin that impacts Murder Creek received between 6 and 7 inches overall,” he added.

Along with Murder Creek, Adams reported an increase in the Conecuh River basin . “The Conecuh River basin is going to be somewhat less than that. Looks like we are about 5 inches across most of the Conecuh basin,” he explained.

According to Adams, the rise is behind us.

Adams shared, “But, the forecast on the creek, factoring in looking forward on the rain, the forecast on Murder Creek is forecast to show a slow and steady drop well into Sunday. It has already crested and it is on its way back down.”

A relief for many, Adams expects a rapid drop over the next 24 hours. “When this forecast is put together, they factor in rain. Right now, I do not see anything in there that concerns me,” said Adams.

Looking back over the first part of the week, Adams said, “We got really close to having issues with Murder Creek.

I think we are okay for now.” He concluded, “Brewton is going to flood, it will flood again.”