More Rain Heads To North Georgia After 14 Inches Fell This Week

May 31, 2018

Emergency crews are working to get some White County roads reopened after severe flooding earlier this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Storms dropped more than 14 inches in the last week and more is on the way Friday through the weekend. Forecasters warn of a "hazardous weather outlook," with the possibility of damaging winds and hail in the afternoon.

A flash flood emergency was in effect Thursday night for parts of White County in North Georgia, where severe flooding overwhelmed the city of Helen after about 6 inches of rain fell in a few hours.

Officials said water levels in the Chattahoochee River have started to go down and storms that previously stalled over the area will move on. While the lower river water levels should alleviate most of the concern, more flooding is possible.

Residents need to stay away from surging rivers and creeks, White County emergency services manager Dave Murphy said.

Water's normally a big tourist draw for the city of Helen, but right now those waterways are swelling fast. This means currents are swift, dangerous and filled with debris.

Despite the warnings, they've seen people tubing and kayaking on the Chattahoochee. On Thursday, a woman was rescued after her car got caught on a flooded White County road.

Spokeswoman Cami Downey said people should stay off flooded and closed roads.

The U.S. Geological Survey is streaming footage of the river flooding in Helen.

Crews were out assessing roads and damage to property.

"Stay out of the rivers, stay home and keep an eye on the news," Downey said.

Credit U.S. Geological Survey