MOULTRIE — The National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Fla., and the Colquitt County Emergency Management Agency are urging residents to continue to watch the weather this week, following three days of rain that dumped anywhere from eight to 10 inches on most of the county.

Meteorologist Kelly Godsey with the National Weather Service (NWS) said a storm system is predicted to come into Colquitt County this evening into Wednesday afternoon. The greatest threats in terms of thunderstorms will be to Florida, but Colquitt County will still face dangers just from the amount of rain predicted.

The biggest concern for here is flooding, as Godsey said the first storm coming through could drop an additional four to six inches of rain if not more. This system is one of three rain producers predicted to hit Colquitt County this week.

“Now’s the time to make preparations,” Godsey said. “Our greatest concern is the flooding potential.”

Colquitt County EMA Director Russell Moody said a second system is predicted to come through Thursday and a third system Saturday or Sunday. These three systems combined could bring as much as 16 to 18 inches of rain here to go along with the rain that fell over the weekend.

Because of the amount of rain predicted to go with what Colquitt County has already seen, Moody said everyone is asked to pay attention to weather reports. Residents, especially those in low-lying areas, around bodies or water or already affected by flooding need to be especially cautious of the weather. Those who saw flooding this weekend are potentially the most at risk to flooding with these systems coming through.

“If you see water rising,” Moody said, “please go ahead and get out. Please do not wait until the last moment.”

Godsey said residents do not need to drive on roads that are covered with water. The water could be much higher than it appears, and it could cause a vehicle to be flooded and stall out, leaving the driver and any passengers stranded in the middle of a potentially dangerous situation.

Moody said county teams have been working diligently to let motorists know of any roads that have the danger of flooding or have flood damage. He asks that everyone please pay attention for anything noting a road may not be safe.

“We’re asking the public to please adhere to any signs because they’re there for your safety,” Moody said. “We ask everyone to be extremely careful driving this week.”

In addition to the roads, Godsey said all residents need to be advised of any watches and warnings issued by the NWS. Anyone affected needs to be prepared to move to safety as quickly as possible.

“If you hear a flash flood warning in your area,” Godsey said, “be prepared to move to higher ground.”

Moody said emergency shelters will be opened if they are needed for those whose houses are flooded out. Anyone who needs shelter is asked to call the E-911 Center to let emergency workers know it one is needed.

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