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State of emergency, boil water advisory in Flowery Branch

7:47 AM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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Blue Herron Drive in Flowery Branch (Tyson Paul, 11Alive News)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The severe weather that slammed southern Hall County Saturday night and Sunday morning caused considerable damage in Flowery Branch.

A boil water advisory continues until 9 p.m. Monday.

Roughly 7.5 inches of rain fell in the city within six hours, washing out roads and flooding buildings.

Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dick Mecum issued a declaration of local emergency for the area Sunday evening. This means the area is experiencing circumstances that could affect the health, safety and welfare of residents.

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A boil water advisory has been issued for all of south Hall County, as the heavy rain caused a water main to rupture. The break was repaired and water service was restored at around 9 p.m. Sunday, but the boil water advisory will remain in place until 9 p.m. Monday, according to Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller.

Portions of several Flowery Branch roads were also closed due to flooding, including Atlanta Highway, Stephens Road, Trudy Drive and Cantrell Road. 

School was not been cancelled, but the Hall County Board of Education said parents living in the areas of the closed roads will have to take their children to school Monday morning, as school buses cannot travel those roads.

Residents who live nearby and would like help or more information are encouraged to call the Hall County Emergency Operations Center at 770-718-5737.

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