BROWNTOWN, Ga. -- In a small community ten miles west of Kingsland, boats and canoes outnumber cars in driveways and the streets look more like a big river. The water along the banks of the St. Marys River is reaching record heights and swallowing street after street. Camden County issued a flood evacuation to residents Saturday.
"We've told them now is the time to evacuate if you're going to get out. That way we can assess it and get to them during the daylight hours. Can't get there in vehicles and at a certain point it'll be by boat or not at all," said Deputy Director of Emergency Management in Camden County, Conn Cole.
Despite the warning, most of the people living in the 40 homes in dangerous territory are staying put. Neil Nighbert says he'd rather spend his days safeguarding his home than packing his bags.
"Out here on my dock, I put a lot of cement and barrels of water on top of it to keep the dock from floating up. I have been doing it all day to make sure it doesn't pick up and float off," said Nighbert.
Even with 21 barrels lining his dock, he expects it'll be underwater by the time he wakes up Sunday. Emergency management officials say most people will hold their ground just like Nighbert, but that's a gamble.
"Take safety and get out of here if you can. I don't know how bad it's going to get, but if you're going to be underwater, you need to go somewhere dry," said Browntown resident Curtis Sudduth.
The river is expected to rise Sunday and a flood warning will remain in effect for the area until 10p.m. Sunday.