Grabbing a quick bite, a red shouldered hawk swoops down to the banks of the Tensaw River.
Even though it looks like a river, there actually shouldn’t be water here. Now, a campground and boat dock have been overtaken by rushing water.
As the Tensaw continues to rise, it’s caught the attention of some locals.
Patsy Waters, the owner of Upper Bryant’s landing, is one of those residents. “This is probably the second highest I’ve seen it in 26 years,” Waters said. “I think it was 2015 maybe, that it was just about this high. But it’s a little bit higher than it was in 2015.”
From Cliff’s Landing to Upper Bryant Landing, floodwaters inch closer to businesses and camps.
It’s almost become normal for many living along the river to see flooding. When heavy rain falls, many know exactly what they need to do to prepare.
Local Resident Todd Causey has also seen river flooding here before. “What they do is they prepare and they start pulling their lawnmowers, jet skis, their boats, you know, get it to higher land,” Causey said. “Anything that’s lower, underneath the house. And what they do, they call and try to find flood stage and all that and what they gonna pick at. And how much they gotta clean out of their yard.”
Though the past few days have been dry, wet weather looks to return to the Tensaw later this week.
A cold front will bring showers Saturday, but the rain is not expected to be very heavy. Generally, most areas will see less than half an inch of rain.
Even with the ongoing flooding, there’s still plenty for locals to enjoy along the Tensaw while they wait for the river to drain.
And in the meantime, some lucky residents will take advantage of easy meals while they can.