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Intense rain causes flash flooding in northwest Georgia

Flooding Ahead Road Sign
A Caution Sign in front of storm clouds warning of “Danger Flooding Ahead.”

(SUMMERVILLE, Georgia)– Parts of northwest Georgia are flooding after the area received more than 10-inches of rain in the past 12 hours.

The National Weather Service said rainfall of up to one inch per hour was causing urban areas, streams, creeks, and roadways to experience unusually high levels of water.

Summerville, Lyerly, and James H. Floyd State Park in Chattooga County and Floyd County were under flash flood emergencies and flash flood warnings, the National Weather Service said.

Residents of Summerville have been advised to boil their water before use as the Raccoon Creek Filter plant has been overwhelmed by the flash flooding.

The rainfall is predicted to continue, and the Chattooga River in Summerville may reach 16.7 feet later Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.