Weekend storms result in flooding, mudslide

6:15 PM, May 19, 2013   |    comments
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Lightning damage in Johns Creek (Brady Shaw)

ATLANTA -- Heavy rain throughout much of metro Atlanta resulted in flooding Sunday morning.

11Alive meteorologist Allison Chinchar said certain areas in northeastern Georgia got between 4 and 6 inches of rain, including Forsyth, Hall and north Fulton counties.

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The Hall County Sheriff's Office said the Atlanta Road area of Flowery Branch should be avoided, as more than 6 inches of rain shut down the street between Spout Springs and Wade Orr roads. The city of Flowery Branch declared a state of emergency Sunday evening.

A mudslide in Dawson County has blocked one lane of Highway 53 at Warhill Park Road. Two feet of mud is covering that lane, according to Dawson County dispatchers.

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Two Johns Creek bridges -- Parsons Road and Buice Road -- have reopened after being closed for hours by rising water and falling trees.

Two Peachtree City roads are closed because of severe weather -- westbound Highway 54 at Peachtree Crossings, and Robinson Road at Calloway Crossings. Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown advises drivers to take alternate routes to avoid the blocked areas.

The rain was so heavy and constant that Lake Lanier's water level rose a full foot overnight.

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