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Deer Point Gates Open in Anticipation of Weekend Rain

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In anticipation of heavy weekend rains, Bay County has opened the Deer Point draw gates, trying to lower the reservoir.

As of Friday morning, it measured nearly 4 ft.

The County's Utilities division hopes to lower the reservoir to 3.5 ft and plans to keep the gates open at 100 percent until it reaches their desired goal.

While they say this should take about 50 hours to do so, the threat of Saturday rain fall could slow that rate down.

County Public Information Officer, Valerie Sale said the move is precautionary any time a potential rain event is in the forecast.

"We use the best information we have at the time, so as soon as we start hearing that their might be a rain event coming up, we absolutely take the precautions that we feel are necessary in order to preserve the integrity of the reservoir the best we can," said Sale.

Stay tuned to News 13 for the latest weekend weather conditions.