Tifton battles flooding as rivers rise

Meteorologist Chris Nisinger says that the Tifton area received five to ten inches of rain in the early morning hours leading to flooding. / Sean Streicher

The Georgia Department of Transportation is warning citizens to be on the look out for road closures and detours around State Route 520 between Tifton and Brookfield.

Authorities say almost a four mile section of road is closed, along with two bridges near the Tift County fairgrounds.

Communications Officer Craig Solomon says if the water rises up to the beams of a bridge it is protocol to close it. Solomon also says if the water recedes below the beams of the bridge GDOT then has to inspect the bridge as a precautionary measure. There have been reports of boats being used to help some residents of the area.

Georgia DOT has reopened U.S. 82/S.R. 520 to all traffic in Tift and Berrien Counties, between the Tift County Fair Grounds and the City of Alapaha.

Tift County resident Dale Hall took a drive through Tifton early Wednesday morning and documents some of the flooded areas around town. You can watch his video on the TiftonNow blog and view pictures as well.

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