Evacuations ordered in Camden County

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- Flooding is expected overnight on St. Marys River.

People along the St. Marys River in Camden County are preparing for the worst.

"We've owned it 12 years now and this is the third time this has happened, but this is the worst it will ever be," said Roger Giddens.

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St. Marys River overflowing in some spots

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- People living near the St. Marys River in Camden County are stockpiling sandbags.

Mark Crews, the county's emergency management director, said Friday that water has already begun to seep over the riverbanks in some spots.

It is expected some homes will begin taking on water sometime tonight or tomorrow morning.

This is all from Debby.

Meanwhile, photojournalist Mike Kaminski found that flood waters in Baker County have started receding.

A couple told him how they're coping with the flood.

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Georgia DNR offers assistance to residents along St. Marys River

ST. MARYS, Ga. -- As the St. Marys River rose to 23.2 feet, double its flood stage of 12 feet, Georgia Department of Natural Resources officers assisted residents and law enforcement agencies affected by these rushing waters after Tropical Storm Debby.

Several South Georgia residents were stranded as GA 185 and GA 121 were covered by water. Cpl. Jason Shipes and Sgt. Patrick Dupree were able to reach 20 flooded homes by using jon boats, according to a release from the DNR.

Other rangers delivered bottled water to residents who refused to leave their homes. Cpl. Shipes also helped a man who was trying to swim to his boat and could not reach it.

Charlton County Sheriff Dobie Connor requested the DNR's assistance in case more residents chose to leave their homes.

The DNR urges residents to use extreme caution until flood waters recede.

St. Marys River flooding at historic levels

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.

MORE: Mandatory evacuation ordered for part of Baker County

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Camden police seeking assault suspect

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- A Yulee man is being sought by the Camden County Sheriff's Office for an assault that occurred on May 21 on Wren Road off Bluff Road in Camden County.

Cecil Ennis, 36, has been charged with false imprisonment, two counts of aggravated assault (party to crime), armed robbery (party to crime) and tampering with evidence, according to a release from the Camden County Sheriff's Office. He is about 5'11" tall and weighs 165 lbs. 

Mobile Digital Mammography Receives ACR Accreditation

Mobile Digital Mammography Receives ACR Accreditation

 

ST. MARYS, Ga.  — Southeast Georgia Health System has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Mobile Digital Mammography for its Wellness on Wheels (WOW) mobile health vehicle following a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Pop Warner changes rules in effort to prevent concussions

ATLANTA -- Pop Warner football, the most widely known youth football program across the nation, announced late Tuesday a set of rule changes in light of new research data regarding concussions among football players.

The changes will eliminate head-on blocking and tackling drills when players are lined up more than three yards apart. The move emphasizes no head-to-head contact between players.

The new rules, as posted on the Pop Warner website include: