According to the Buford Dam water release recorded message by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Friday's release was scheduled to begin at 2:55 p.m. and end at 5:10 p.m. The message warns that in the event of a release, water levels below Buford Dam “are subject to rapid rise and turbulent flows and are dangerous” from the dam south to the Ga. 20 bridge.
Authorities received the 911 call at 4:32 p.m. An adult and two minors had run to a nearby home for help after realizing the 9-year-old wasn't with them, Channel 2 said.
The incident is being investigated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
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--Staffer David Ibata contributed to this article.