State of emergency declared as flash floods hit northwest Georgia

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SUMMERVILLE, Georgia — Thunderstorms and torrential rain battered parts of northwest Georgia on Sunday, triggering flash flooding in some areas. Local news reports showed roads submerged and homeowners struggling to keep the water out.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp state of emergency declared Sunday afternoon in Chattooga and Floyd counties, directing all state resources to assist with “preparedness, response and recovery activities.” The National Weather Service said rains of up to an inch an hour caused streams, creeks, roads and urban areas to experience unusually high water levels. According to Kemp’s executive order, up to 12 inches of rain is said to have fallen in the area.

“This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless fleeing an area prone to flooding or under an evacuation order,” the service said.

The service declared a “flash flood emergency” for Trion, Summerville, Lyerly and James H. Floyd State Park in Chattooga County. Holland in Chattooga County and Floyd County — just to the south — also had flash flood warnings.

Worship service at 3:10 p.m advised locals to avoid non-emergency travel as another round of emergency rain invaded the area.

The City of Summerville advised residents who use the city’s water supply services to boil water before drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food due to flash flooding at the Raccoon Creek filtration plant.

“Water should be boiled for at least a minute after it has reached a bubbling boil. Citizens should continue to boil their water until notified by their drinking water supplier that the water system is fully operational again and the microbiological quality of the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption,” the city said on its website.

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