Local creeks expected to swell in wake of Hurricane Ida

Published 3:31 pm Monday, August 30, 2021

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David Adams, Emergency Management director for Escambia County, is keeping a watchful eye on weather forecasts and predictions of rising water in the county in the wake of Hurricane Ida that past just west of our area on Sunday.

On Monday, the River Forecast center is expecing minor or near flood conditions to be seen at Murder Creek and Burnt Corn Creek in the Brewton/East Brewton area, Adams said.

“Murder Creek is expected to reach near minor flood stage on Wednesday,” Adams said. “If this forecast holds, water will get near Hwy 41 (at Burnt Corn Creek).”

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Flood stage at Murder Creek is 22 ft. for minor flooding with more severe flooding possible at 25 feet. Officials also indicate that those near the waterway should take action and be aware of changes once the water levels reach 17 feet. According to RFC predictions, that stage could be seen Monday evening into Tuesday. Further rise in the waters of Murder Creek can be seen Tuesday into Wednesday as it reaches it’s crest before receding.

At Burnt Corn Creek, 16 feet is considered flood stage with action stage at 11 ft. Predictions are indicating that we may see water on or near the roadway by Tuesday evening into Wednesday.

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