Flash Flood Emergency in Northeast Georgia
A flash flood emergency has been issued for White County in northeast Georgia after storms dumped more than six inches of rain.
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) May 31, 2018
A Flash Flood Emergency is rarely issued and is the highest classification for flash flooding.
The National Weather Service said in the warning, “this is a PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. SEEK HIGHER GROUND NOW!”
Thunderstorms have formed over the region and continue to back build on itself. This means the same communities are receiving torrential rain for an extended period of time.
There has been a report from nearby Cleveland, GA of 5.8 inches of rain– much of that falling in just a few hours.
Law enforcement has reported numerous roads to be covered with water and travel is nearly impossible in spots due to high water.
This comes after heavy rain sent the Chattahoochee into flood stage Thursday in Helen, GA.
Flooding has gotten so bad on Kinsey town rd. in Cleveland, Ga that this house is completely surrounded and roads are covered. Some of our neighbor can't get home. #myweather @NWSAtlanta @weatherchannel @FOX5StormTeam @JoanneFOX5 @GlennBurnsWSB @DChandleyFOX5 pic.twitter.com/6lE77wRlHF
— Ashley Taylor Dills ⚡ (@ashley7taylor15) May 31, 2018
The combination of a saturated ground and hilly terrain exacerbates the flooding over northeast Georgia.
This is a developing story and we will provide updates as necessary.