Geneva officials keeping an eye on river levels; river expected to crest Friday

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — The city of Geneva is located beside two rivers: the Choctawhatchee and the Pea River.

As such, the area has seen several flood events in the past.

Famous ones include 1990, 1994, and 1998 floods; fortunately, the flooding didn’t breach the levy.

“During that time, after the second and third event in 94 and 98, FEMA came in, and we actually did buyouts,” Geneva County EMA Director Eric Johnson said. “So a lot of our people that are inside the levy were able to buyout and move outside the levy.”

According to Johnson, because of its tendency to flood, Geneva County officials are always keeping an eye on water levels, especially during the spring.

“This is the typical time of year when we do have our when we do have flood events, historically,” Johnson said. “Of course, we do watch flooding down here in Geneva that’s a year-round thing. Of course, in Elba they have the same thing that they do up there.”

Thanks to the recent rain the Wiregrass has had, the Geneva County EMA expects the river to crest sometime Friday at 16 feet. According to Johnson, the water will go down after cresting.

Mild flooding is 23 feet, moderate is 30 feet, and 36 feet is major flooding in Geneva.

“We’re not anywhere near that right now, but we have to keep our eyes on our flood gauges constantly and just monitor it best we can during the springtime,” Johnson said.

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