Flash flood emergency in northwest Georgia at least 1 event in 200 years

« Parts of Chattooga and Floyd counties received 10 to 13 inches, with more rain to come. These amounts have resulted in catastrophic flash floods and a flash flood emergency continues in this area, » the office said Sunday. of the National Weather Service in Atlanta.

Rainfall of up to 2 inches per hour is possible through Sunday evening, the weather service said, with more expected on Tuesday.

Due to « locally extreme precipitation » and additional rain forecasts, the Weather Forecast Center has upgraded to a « moderate » level 3 out of 4 risk of excessive precipitation from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon over severe flooding in Chattooga and Floyd counties. An estimated foot of rain in some places is expected to cause rivers to rise rapidly, according to the order.

“Preliminary assessments from county emergency management agencies and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency indicate a need for assistance in affected counties,” the order reads.

The area, including Summerville, Lyerly and James H. Floyd State Park, is under a flash flood emergency warning on Sunday.

« This is an ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. LOOK FOR HIGHER GROUND NOW! Life-threatening sudden flooding of low water crossings, small streams and creeks, urban areas, highways, streets and passages underground, » the weather service’s warning reads.

Jennifer Hurley, who has a salon in downtown Summerville, said it took her hours to get to her business due to flooding downtown. His living room was one of the flooded businesses in the city.

The Chattooga County Emergency Management Agency said more rain could arrive and urged residents not to venture out.

« We are expecting at least another 2 inches of rain today and are asking everyone to PLEASE stay home and not travel unless absolutely necessary, » the official said. agency on Facebook.

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