US 41 closed between Lake Park, GA, and Jennings, FL, near Alapahoochee River 2023-02-10

Judging by the continuing downpour, I’d guess US 41 will stay closed through today at least.

[Map, US 41 Road closed, 2023-02-11]
Map, US 41 Road closed, 2023-02-11

The GDOT press release is pretty vague about where the water is across the road, so there are some guesses below, after the press release.

Maybe somebody around Lake Park or Jennings can send some pictures.

GDOT Press Alert, Friday, February 10, 2023 Lowndes and Echols Counties: State Route 7 in Lakepark , GA to Jennings, FL is closed due to water over the roadway,

What: Traffic headed southbound on US41/SR7 will turn left onto SR376 in Lakepark, travel east to the intersection of SR135 and turn right onto SR 135 and travel to Florida, and continue on FL SR 141 to Jennings, FL and end detour at Intersection of US41/SR7.

Traffic headed northbound on US41 will turn right onto FL Route 141 in Jennings Fl, travel east and continue on GA SR 135 to the intersection of SR 376 and turn left onto SR 376, travel to Lakepark GA, and end detour at intersection of US41/SR7.

Where: SR 7 in Lowndes/Echols between Lakepark Ga and Jennings Florida

When: Friday, February 10, 2023 until water recedes

Contact: Gina Snider 706-646-7532 District Four Communications

Also picked up by WALB TV.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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Because the PR is from the Georgia Department of Transportation, about Georgia, I’d guess the road-flooding culprit is Enoch Creek, highlighted on this map.

[Map: Enoch Creek]
Map: Enoch Creek in the WWALS map of the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT).

Or maybe the swampy area feeding into Long Branch.

[Map: Long Branch]
Map: Long Branch in the WWALS ARWT map

Or, since the PR emphasizes Echols County, it could be the tributaries of Gin Creek, highlighted here.

[Map: Gin Creek]
Map: Gin Creek in the WWALS ARWT map

And, in Hamilton County, Florida, I wouldn’t be surprised if what I’m calling Turpentine Creek is also flooded, where it crosses US 41 just north of Jennings, before it crosses CR 141 and ends up in the Alapahoochee River just downstream from GA 135.

[Map: Turpentine Creek]
Map: Turpentine Creek in the WWALS ARWT map.

What is the real name of that creek? It crosses GA 135 aka CR 141 right at the state line. Yet even though there are signs for Welcome to Hamilton County, Florida, and for Echols County, Georgia, there is no sign there naming the creek.

All these creeks run into the Alapahoochee River, which of course runs into the Alapaha River east of Jennings.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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