Clogged storm drains cause metro roads to flood

Debris-filled storm drains flood busy roads in midtown Atlanta

ATLANTA — A line of storms and heavy rain dumped more than an inch of rain in parts of metro Atlanta and north Georgia Wednesday.

The sudden rain caused some local roads to flood because the storm drains couldn’t handle the excess water.

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Channel 2's Craig Lucie was live on Peachtree Road for Channel 2 Action News while Georgia Department of Transportation crews were working to unclog drains.

The water was knee-high, and cars shot water into the air as they drove by.

“I didn’t want to get a full puddle in my face,” said driver Josh Brook. “It’s definitely dangerous, you can lose control and go into another lane. Anything can happen.”

Romel Niles is a bike courier in midtown Atlanta and he wasn’t about to bike through flooding near Beverley and Peachtree Street in midtown Atlanta.

“I think I could get run over, this water is so deep I could fall face first and no one would see me,” Niles said.


GDOT told Lucie that they haven't had any major problems so far.

Channel 2's Nicole Carr posted video of flooding on Peachtree Street in midtown Atlanta.

The city of Atlanta told Lucie that they are going to clean catch basins on Atlanta Avenue and said they will continue to clean all the inlets on the entire street.

The line of storms caused damage in parts of Haralson and Carroll counties. Trees came down on some apartments in Bremen.