Flash flood watch expanded for all of north Georgia through Sunday

Heavy rain turns neighborhood into lake in Peachtree City

ATLANTA — A flash flood watch has been extended to include all of north Georgia through Sunday evening after storms dumped heavy rain on the metro area Saturday.

Severe Weather Team 2 is using the most powerful weather technology to track more rain moving in Sunday, on Channel 2 Action News.

The flash flood watch includes:

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  • Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Gordon, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Rabun, Rockdale, Spalding, Towns, Troup, Union, Upson, Walker, Walton, White, Whitfield

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls said between 2 and 5 inches of rain has already fallen with an additional 2-3 inches possible through Sunday.

Rain will remain likely through the start of next week.

Heavy rain left some damage across the metro area, including flooding on roadways, downed trees, flooded homes and some damage to buildings.

Channel 2's Michael Seiden was in Peachtree City, where residents are cleaning up after floodwaters rushed into their homes.

Amy Byars said her neighborhood on Lake Peachtree looked like it was part of the lake Saturday morning.

"You could've ridden a boat through there," Byars told Seiden. "Some of these lower-lying houses, you would have thought they were in the lake, too. There were ducks in their yards. We got to higher ground because I wasn't going to risk my life."

Walls said that the Tinsley Mill Village neighborhood got more than half a foot of rain in the last 24 hours.

"It came down like crazy!" Alex Isbell said. "Like real quick. A lot of thunder and lightning."

The flooding caused hazardous road conditions in Fayette County.

"I run heavy equipment for a living, and I'll be the first one to tell you, 'Do not get into something if you can't see the bottom of it.' It's not worth it," Isbell said.

The waters had mostly receded by Saturday night.

Luckily, no one was injured and most homeowners said they have flood insurance.

In Riverdale, Channel 2's Christian Jennings saw flooded roads where the Flint River overflowed at Arrowhead Boulevard in Clayton County.

Jennings also saw flooding to some homes at the Battlecreek Village Townhomes in Jonesboro. Several residents told Jennings their cars and homes flooded Saturday morning.

"Water all in my car," one neighbor told Jennings. "My car wouldn't even crank up."

Residents said the water rose quickly in the back section of the townhouse. One neighbor sent Jennings a video.

Another neighbor told Jennings he was home with his kids when his townhome filled with water.

"It was coming in the back and the front, so it had got up high to where the window is," he said.

"The way it was raining as hard as it was raining this morning, you could kinda tell something like that would probably happen," Anthony Glover said.

Neighbors said a lot of the storm drains in front of their houses were clogged. Firefighters later cleared them out, but not before the damage was done.

Athens-Clarke County Fire reported that part of the roof of a storage building at Porterfield Tire Company collapsed due to rain. A gas station under construction was also damaged by heavy rain.

A Marietta GDOT worker got praise for wading into shoulder-deep water to unclog a drain on I-75 at the North Loop.

Visual definition of dedication!!! This GDOT worker is SHOULDER DEEP in a drain on I-75 @ North Loop to help save lives...

Posted by Marietta, Georgia Police Department on Saturday, June 8, 2019

The rain will keep temperatures mild for the next several days.