Evacuations from flooded St. Marys River continue

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Emergency officials ordered people in the Flea Hill and John's Fish Camp communities to evacuate. Rescuers would have a hard time getting to into the homes of people who need help.

KINGSLAND, Ga. - Dozens of residents of Southeast Georgia remain cut off from their homes by floodwaters of the St. Marys River, which may have crested but continues out of its banks.

Mark Crews, the Camden County's emergency management director, said Monday that owners of about 45 homes are still unable to return home after flooding put roads in their neighborhood underwater Saturday, prompting an evacuation order.

Almost all residents along Flea Hill and John's Fish camp have evacuated, along with most of those who live in Spring Hill Courts.

Aerial and ground surveys indicate 18 to 20 homes in Camden County may have water in them.

Late Monday, Highway 40 remained closed and most likely would not reopen for two or three days.  Other, smaller roads and the boat ramps at Browntown and the Highway 17 Blue Bridge remain closed and boaters are asked to avoid the flooded areas.

The St. Marys River forms the Georgia-Florida border near the coast.  It's been carrying floodwaters downstream since being inundated with rain by Tropical Storm Debby.

Last week the river crested at 12 feet above flood stage in neighboring Charlton County, forcing mandatory evacuations in Baker County.  The water level at Traders Hill south of Folkston is starting to drop, but where the water cross Highway 40, the water continues to rise.