At least a 1 in 200 year flash flood emergency event in northwest Georgia

“Parts of Chattanooga and Floyd counties received 10-13 inches and more rain. These amounts have resulted in catastrophic flash flooding, and a flash flood emergency remains in effect for the area,” the National Weather Service office in Atlanta said Sunday.

The weather service said 2 inches of rain per hour could fall through Sunday evening, with more expected Tuesday.

Due to “locally heavy rainfall” and forecast of additional rain, the Meteorological Center Upgraded to a “moderate” risk of heavy rainfall Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning to a 3 out of 4 level.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency Sunday afternoon due to severe flooding in Chattanooga and Floyd counties. According to the order, if a foot of rain falls in some places, rivers are expected to rise rapidly.

“Preliminary assessments by county emergency management agencies and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency indicate that assistance is needed in affected counties,” the order said.

Summerville, Lyerly, and James H. Areas including Floyd State Park remain under a flash flood warning for Sunday.

“This is an especially dangerous situation. Seek higher ground now! Life-threatening flash flooding of low-water crossings, small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and tunnels,” the weather service’s warning said.

Jennifer Hurley, who owns a salon in downtown Summerville, said it took her hours to get to her business because of the flooding downtown. His salon was among the businesses that flooded the city.

The Chattanooga County Emergency Management Agency is warning residents that more rain is likely and not to venture outside.

“We’re expecting at least 2 inches of rain today and we’re asking everyone to please stay home and not travel unless absolutely necessary,” the agency said. Facebook.

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