Residents of North Georgia still dealing with floodwaters with more rain expected

Published: Sep. 5, 2022 at 7:04 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Residents in some parts of northwest Georgia are spending their Labor Day holiday cleaning up after flood waters invaded their homes and businesses over the weekend.

Right now, Chattooga and Floyd counties, about 80 miles northwest of Atlanta, are under a state of emergency.

FIRST ALERT WEATHER FORECAST

“It looked like a tornado had come through rather than a flood,” said Heather Casey who owns both a gift shop and a café in downtown Summerville. “The water pushed our front doors open and broke our front doors, and merchandise was just floating down the street”

Southern Bedding Company lost 75 percent of its merchandise – mostly mattresses made on site. Owner Dee Spears said he thought he was prepared for the possibility of flooding. His workers had placed several mattresses on risers.

“Normally when they say it’s going to rain heavily, we put everything up, which we had up anyway,” he said, “but we’ve never had one this high.”

According to Gov. Brian Kemp’s emergency order, some areas in northwest Georgia saw up to 12 inches of rain, leaving residents to struggle to keep waist-deep floodwater out of their homes.

The city of Summerville is telling residents to boil their water before drinking or cooking.

The North Summerville Baptist Church put out a call for blankets, towels and other necessities and they opened their doors to evacuees.

Community helps each other after flooding in Summerville

Crews are out this morning, surveying the damage and starting the cleanup.

It may not be over yet though. Rain is expected throughout Labor Day and that could lead to more flash flooding in North Georgia. Any additional rain that falls north of the metro will stay above ground because it is so saturated.

FIRST ALERT WEATHER WARNINGS

Tuesday should be better with only isolated showers and storms. Rain chances will ramp back up though by the end of the weekend with another 1 to 3 inches of rain possible, which means flash flooding will be a possibility once again.

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