Emergency declared as flash flooding hits northwest Georgia

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SUMMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Thunderstorms and heavy rain battered parts of northwest Georgia on Sunday, causing flash flooding in some areas. Local news reports showed roads under water and homeowners struggling to keep the water out.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon in Chattooga and Floyd counties, directing all state resources to assist with “preparedness, response and recovery activities.” The National Weather Service said rainfall of up to one inch per hour caused creeks, creeks, roads and urban areas to experience unusually high water levels. Up to 12 inches of rain is estimated to have fallen in the area, according to Kemp’s executive order.

“This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing a flooded area or under evacuation orders,” the service said.

The service declared a “flash flood emergency” for Summerville, Lyerly and James H. Floyd State Park in Chattooga County. Floyd County – just to the south – was also under a flash flood warning.

At 3:10 p.m., the service inhabitants advised to avoid non-emergency travel as another round of emergency rainfall entered the area.

The City of Summerville has advised residents who use city water services to boil water before drinking, cooking or preparing baby food due to flash flooding at the Raccoon plant. Creek Filter.

“Water should be boiled for at least one minute after it reaches a rolling boil. Citizens should continue to boil their water until they are notified by their drinking water utility that the water system has been restored and that the microbiological quality of the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption,” the city said on its website.

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