The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

February 26, 2013

Southeast Alabama flood worries prompt school closings, delays



GENEVA, Ala. (AP) — Heavy rains and worries about flooding have prompted schools to close and open late in southeast Alabama.

Public school students are getting the day off from classes Tuesday in Geneva County and the city of Geneva, where the ground is saturated with water and rivers are rising.

Schools are opening late in Henry and Houston counties because of the possibility of floodwaters covering roads. Officials say the Chattahoochee River could flood some areas.

Rivers and streams are at or near flood levels throughout the Wiregrass region of southeast Alabama, and officials fear overnight rains will only raise water levels more.

The National Weather Service says south Alabama received more than 3 inches of rain over a 24-hour period.

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