Heavy rains, flooding wreak havoc in N. Georgia

6:07 PM, Aug 7, 2013   |    comments
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(WXIA) -- The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Watch southward through Metro Atlanta, and running until Thursday morning.

In addition to the north Georgia counties covered, the watch area now includes Barrow, Butts, Carroll, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Lamar, Madison, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Polk, Putnam, Rockdale, Spalding, Taliaferro, Troup, Walton and Wilkes counties. This includes the city of Atlanta and the entire Metro area.

Multiple waves of heavy rains of up to 8 inches have fallen through Wednesday morning, with more rains expected Wednesday and Wednesday night.

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With saturated soil already in place across much of north and central Georgia, flash flooding is expected. With the soil loosening around root balls of trees, falling trees can be expected across the region.

Anywhere from 4 to 9 inches of rain have fallen across portions of north Georgia so far -- with locally higher amounts in some areas. An additional amounts of 1-to-2 inches are expected across the region, with higher amounts likely.

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Flash flooding was reported in Athens, with portions of the University of Georgia campus seeing anywhere from an inch to an inch-and-a-quarter in less than 20 minutes. Some low-lying areas and intersections were reported to be under as much as 5-to-6 inches of water.

Other areas of flash flooding were reported in portions of Gilmer, Cherokee, Pickens, Dawson and Forsyth counties. The Georgia Department of Transportation reported a mudslide blocking southbound traffic in the 5200 block of Georgia Highway 5 in Gilmer County, and a second one on Georgia Highway 136 in Pickens County.

Officials in Gilmer County said Oakland Elementary School on Georgia Highway 52 East has been opened as a temporary shelter for anyone in need.

In Cherokee County, officials said flooding has been reported in the 4200 block of Ball Ground Road, and near the intersection of Conns Creek Road and Georgia Highway 372.

Flooding has also been reported at First and Pioneer streets in Jasper. Standing water has been reported in Dawsonville on Kelly Bridge Road and Roscoe Collette Road.

In Forsyth County, English Avenue and the 5400 block of Cantrell Road is closed at Jot-Em-Down Road for repairs for the next 2 or 3 weeks.  

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The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches and warnings for parts of the north Georgia mountains, as heavy rain spreads southward across the region.

Multiple rounds of heavy rains are expected across the area during the day on Wednesday and into the evening.

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