By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
*Flash Flood Warning for Floyd County and Central Polk County until 10:30 Saturday.
*Flash Flood Watch for Northwest Georgia in-effect until 8pm Sunday.
Close to four inches of rain has fallen on Northwest Georgia since Wednesday night and more is headed our way for tomorrow.
The National Weather Service is calling for another four more inches to fall on the area through Sunday evening, topping off rivers already sloshing over with a persistent four-day rainfall. The major concern for local emergency management, however, is the roadways.
As of Saturday evening, several roads in Floyd County had running water rushing over them. EMA Director Scotty Hancock says this presents a dangerous situation for drivers.
“We use a phrase: ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown.’ The reason is--- it only takes 6-inches of water to swipe a human off their feet. It only takes 2 feet of moving water to flip an SUV. So, if you see moving water across the road, turn around,” Hancock says. “Another reason is---you don’t know how much damage has been done to that road already, as far as water rushing under the road and washing the road out. A lot of culverts and roads tend to collapse when they have moving water moving over them.”
Significant flooding has closed Daryl Rd. in Silver Creek. More roads that are prone to water collection will likely follow.
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