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Friday, June 29, 2012 - 9:23am

Stockpiling Sandbags As River Rises

Coastal Georgians along the Florida border are stockpiling sandbags as the swollen St. Mary’s River continues to rise.

Flooding could affect 80 or more homes west of Kingsland.

Jason Hess with the National Weather Service says Tropical Depression Debby dropped 15 to 20 inches of rain this week, swelling the river above 24 feet.

“Which was an all-time record and it did exceed the old record set by Hurricane Dora that was set back in 1964. It exceeded that by over one foot.”

Hess says flooding will last through Sunday.

Before the storm, the St. Mary’s River had been under drought conditions and was flowing at only five feet.

The river also flooded in neighboring Charleton County at 12 feet above flood stage, and it’s now falling there.