St. Marys, Ga. -- The St. Marys River is flooding to historic proportion because of the heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Debby. The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued a river flood emergency for the St. Marys River in Camden County until further notice. Residents who live along the St. Marys River are at risk for flooding from high water levels and the fast flowing river. Authorities are expecting the flooding in areas that do not normally flood along the length of the river.

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Extreme flooding may occur at Flea Hill and Kings Ferry within the next 24 to 36 hours. Overland flooding will extend to and possibly connect with the Satilla River to the North along and West of the State Road 110 near the intersection of Highway 110 and Highway 40 near the Camden-Charlton county line according to a press release from Camden County Emergency Management.

Residents and neighborhoods near the river, which are prone to flooding, are encouraged to take immediate actions to protect threatened property. The Camden County Emergency Management strongly urges residents to keep children away from flooded areas and to also not drive vehicles through flooded areas.

Sand bags are to made available for residents that live along the St. Marys River. The sand bags may be picked up at the Facilities Management office located at 1144 Godley Avenue in Woodbine.

Emergency management said, to closely monitor the situation with a heightened level of urgency and do not wait until the last minute to evacuate and if residents find themselves in immediate danger to please dial 911.