Thunderstorms and heavy rain pounded parts of northwest Georgia on Sunday, sparking flash flooding in some areas. Local news showed water on the roads and people trying to keep water out of their homes.
Sunday afternoon, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in Chattooga and Floyd Counties. He told all state resources to help with “preparation, response, and recovery” efforts. The National Weather Service said that up to an inch of rain per hour made creeks, streams, roads, and cities have unusually high water levels. Kemp’s executive order said the area may have gotten as much as 12 inches of rain.
“This is a very dangerous situation that could cost you your life. “Do not try to travel unless you have to leave a flood-prone area or are told to leave,” the service said.
The service said that Summerville, Lyerly, and James H. Floyd State Park in Chattooga County were in a “flash flood emergency.” A flash flood warning was also in effect for Floyd County, which is just south.
At 3:10 p.m., the service told locals not to travel unless it was an emergency because the area was getting another round of emergency rain.
Due to flash flooding at the Raccoon Creek Filter plant, the city of Summerville told people who use the city’s water utility to boil water before drinking, cooking, or making baby food.
“After water comes to a rolling boil, it should be boiled for at least one minute. The city said on its website that people should continue to boil their water until they hear from their drinking water utility that the water system is back to full operation and that the microbiological quality in the distribution system is safe for human consumption.