CPYR Watershed Management Authority talks flooding issues

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — The Wiregrass Resource Conservation and Development and Choctawhatchee, Pea, and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority along with other agencies held a community workshop at the Geneva County Farm Center.

“We are a state agency and we’re tasked with protecting water quality, water quantity, flood control, and then education,” said Lisa Harris, the executive director of Choctawhatchee, Pea, and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority.

Harris educated citizens about water resources available to them. One of the few topics she talked about in her presentation was flooding, which has always been a prone issue in Geneva as well as Elba.

“We have 22 river level and rain gauges that we monitor continuously. Our data is shared to local agencies such as the EMA and it’s also sent live time to the national weather service,” Harris said.

Harris said during severe weather their flood specialist is on call for 24 hours and the last time they had to watch the monitors closely was Hurricane Sally last year, as they feared the water would flood over the levee.

She said the levee in Elba and Geneva is serving its purpose but they have plans in the near future, that could help the issue a little bit more.

“Installing more river and rainfall level gauges here in Geneva County because of the two large rivers that come together its hard to gauge. Elba is a little bit easier but Geneva is a little harder because of the dynamic,” She said.

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