State of emergency declared for counties south of I-20 over flooding

State of emergency declared for counties south of I-20 over flooding
Non-stop rain has flooded roads. Rivers and creeks have inundated some local parks. (PHOTO: Chris Jose, WSB-TV)

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency for parts of the Atlanta metro and counties south of Interstate 20 because of flooding.

"We’ve got some road issues and infrastructure issues that we’re seeing because of the level of rainfall that we’ve had and flooding that’s going on,” Kemp said at a news conference. “We’re working with GEMA to ensure that these communities have all the tools and resources that they need to deal with the fallout.”

Kemp’s office will announce when the State of Emergency will be lifted.

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The heavy rain that has soaked all of north Georgia throughout the day Thursday will continue to diminish and clear out Friday.

This is Roger Minshew, one of our area assistant maintenance engineers. He was en route to Rochelle around 10:30 pm Wednesday to pick up his state truck to check on possible flooding on US 280. As he drove down SR 112 in Wilcox Co. he noticed the water at Mill Creek was getting close to the road. GDOT began monitoring & the road gave way around 2:30 am Thursday. Many of our maintenance employees were in the field or otherwise working Wednesday night/Thursday morning. We just want to say thank you to all of our Rogers! Georgia Department of Transportation Cordele, Georgia Cordele Dispatch Turner County Sheriff's Office Tiftarea News FOX 31 WFXL-TV ALBANY WALB News 10

Posted by Georgia DOT - Southwest on Thursday, March 5, 2020

Here’s what to you know:

  • A cold front will move through late tonight into tomorrow morning, dropping temps
  • The sun will come back out for Friday, but there will be wind gusts of 20-30 mph
  • Sunshine expected to stick around through the weekend
Here's Severe Weather Team 2's Brad Nitz with a look at your Thursday evening forecast.