State of Emergency issued in Chattooga and Floyd counties after major flooding

Gov. Brian Kemp issued the State of Emergency for parts of North Georgia on Sunday afternoon
State of Emergency issued in Chattooga and Floyd counties after major flooding
Published: Sep. 4, 2022 at 3:13 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a state of emergency after reports of major flooding and property damage in Chattooga and Floyd counties.

“As we work with local partners to address the damage in affected communities, Marty and I are asking all Georgians to join us in praying for the lives and homes impacted,” said Gov. Kemp.

Viewer submitted photo of heavy flooding in Rome, Georgia
Viewer submitted photo of heavy flooding in Rome, Georgia(Photo courtesy of Lisa Hawley)

The National Weather Service said rainfall of up to one inch per hour was causing creeks, streams, roadways and urban areas to experience unusually high water levels. Up to 10 inches of rain was reported to have fallen in Chattooga County.

“This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order,” the service said.

View photos of flooding here.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency released the following statement in regards to the storm: “GEMA/HS is coordinating State support to the impacted counties, which are Chattooga and Floyd. Mutual aid from neighboring jurisdictions has been provided and evacuations have been ongoing.”