Fast-rising floodwaters trap nearly a dozen people inside cars, stores

The heavy rain cause parking lots to flood and roads to wash out.

BANKS COUNTY, Ga. — Friday's storms caused a creek in Banks County to overflow, flooding a busy road and trapping 10 people inside cars and restaurants.

Floodwaters reached up to 4 feet after Crooked Creek overflowed in Commerce Friday morning.

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The water rose quickly, shutting down Highway 441 and flooding cars parked in the parking lot of a nearby strip mall. Video shows two people fishing off their Jeep as the water rushed by.

Commerce shopping center flooded

SHOPPING CENTER FLOODED: This is something you don't see every day. Roads are closed and two people were even fishing on top of their car in this parking lot in Commerce: (Video courtesy: Kasi Jordan)

Posted by WSB-TV on Friday, April 19, 2019

Neighbors told Channel 2's Dave Huddleston they have never had flooding like this before.

"No, no, never this bad," Angi Seay said.


The powerful current split Peyton Road in half after storms moved through the city.

At last check, about 10 to 15 roads were flooded in the area.

After the floodwaters receded, Huddleston watched as Georgia Department of Transportation and county crews worked to clean the roads of debris.

Highway 441 has since reopened, but it could take several weeks to repair several washed-out roads.

Rain washes out road in Banks County

WOW! An entire road in Banks County washed away with all the rain. We're taking a look at the hardest hit areas across metro Atlanta and tracking more rain heading our way, RIGHT NOW on Channel 2 Action News: (Video from Banks County Sheriff's Office)

Posted by WSB-TV on Friday, April 19, 2019