Date: 2021-10-07 14:37:30
The National Weather Service has issued Flood Warnings for several Northeast Georgia areas including:
- Flood Warning until 10 p.m. Oct. 7 for northwestern Habersham County. At 10:39 a.m., in response to widespread 2-4 inches of rainfall over the past 24 hours, the Soque River between Batesville, Clarkesville, and the Chattahoochee River is above Minor Flood Stage and impacting adjacent low-lying areas including Pitts Park and Beaverdam Road in Clarkesville. The river is expected to crest in Clarkesville between 14.8 and 15.0 feet over the next 1-2 hours and begin a gradual recession this afternoon, falling below Minor Flood Stage by late this afternoon.
Flood Warning until 2:15 p.m. Oct. 7 for south-central Rabun County. At 8:26 a.m., Emergency management reported flooding in the warned area, primarily along Tiger Creek, which has overflown a couple of roads in the Lakemont area. Between 1 and 3 inches of rain have fallen overnight. Although heavy rain has ended across Rabun County, runoff from the earlier rainfall will continue to result in elevated stream levels along Tiger Creek and other tributaries of the Tallulah River. Motorists should avoid Joy Bridge Rd and Old 441 South.
Flood Warning until 4 p.m. Oct. 7 for the Broad River near Carlton affecting Elbert, Madison, and Oglethorpe counties. At 9:45 a.m. Thursday, the river stage was 20.2 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. Minor flooding is occurring but is expected to end soon.
- Flood Warning until 9 p.m. Oct. 7 for northwestern Elbert County and southwestern Hart County. At 9:11 a.m., Beaverdam Creek above Elberton was causing significant flooding of adjacent low-lying areas and significant inundation of low-water crossings including at Horse Farm Road, Brickyard Road, and Winns Mill Road. Residents along Beaverdam Creek are urged to seek higher ground and drivers are urged to obey all barricades and seek an alternative route if there is water in the roadway. Some locations that will experience flooding include Elberton, Bowman, Dewy Rose, and Vanna.
- Flood Warning until 8 a.m. Oct. 9 for the Oconee River near Penfield affecting Greene, Oconee, and Clarke counties. At 9 a.m. Thursday, the stage was 13.2 feet. Flood stage is 13 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast to continue.
Additional heavy rainfall is not expected through the early afternoon hours but additional heavy rainfall is possible later tonight and early Friday. Please stay weather aware and have multiple ways to receive warnings in case new rounds of flooding develop.
When driving, do not attempt to go around barricades or drive through flooded areas. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Public safety officials urge, “Turn around, don’t drown” when encountering flooded roads.
If you live in flood-prone areas, monitor the weather and be prepared to take action if a flood warning is issued in your area.
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Updated Oct. 7@11:40am