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Flash Flooding Slams Metro Atlanta

July 20, 2013

Severe thunderstorms and heavy rains have once again developed in the Deep South, this time pummeling parts of the Atlanta metropolitan area.  

The storms developed late this afternoon and have since, according to radar storm total estimates, dropped nearly three inches of rain in some locations.

Given that most of the Southeast remains water-logged from weeks of rain, the rainfall quickly became runoff and collected on roadways and swelled area creeks.  Flooding has been reported in South Cobb County as well as near Atlanta International Airport at I-85 and Camp Creek Parkway.  

In addition to the flooding, injuries were reported at a charity event in Carroll County.  Carroll County EMA officials say people had gathered underneath a tent-like structure to escape the elements.  When an overhead portion of the tarp broke, five people suffered minor injuries, including a cut to the head.

(More: Atlanta Forecast)

In Hall County, north of Atlanta, there are confirmed reports of a bridge being washed out, stranding more than 100 families.  According to officials, the Hall County Sheriff's Department and other agencies are aiding the residents and shuttling them to safety by boat. 

Spotty rain and thunderstorms are expected through the evening.

 


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