It's becoming familiar for Suwanee and Gwinnett -- a flood watch, and forecasts of heavy rains.
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Flood Watch, effective at 7 a.m. Monday (February 25) through Tuesday evening. This means conditions are right for flooding, based on recent heavy rains that already have saturated soils and swollen creeks and rivers.
The NWS notice reads in part:
ANOTHER ROUND OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA TODAY THROUGH THE DAY TUESDAY.
AN INCH AND A HALF OR MORE OF RAIN IS EXPECTED SOUTH OF A LINE FROM CARROLLTON TO CUMMING AND HOMER WITH AS MUCH AS TWO AND A HALF TO THREE AND HALF INCHES POSSIBLE SOUTH OF A LINE FROM COLUMBUS TO MACON AND SWAINSBORO. THIS ROUND OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN COMES CLOSELY ON THE HEELS OF THIS PAST WEEKENDS HEAVY RAINS WHICH HAVE LEFT SOILS SATURATED AND RIVERS AND STREAMS ALREADY RUNNING HIGH.
LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING WILL BE POSSIBLE IF THE HEAVY RAIN REPEATEDLY MOVES OVER THE SAME AREA. ALSO...STORM DRAINS... DITCHES...AND LOW LYING AREAS MAY BECOME QUICKLY CLOGGED WITH DEBRIS AND CAUSE EXTENSIVE STREET FLOODING. WIDESPREAD MINOR FLOODING OF THE MEDIUM-SIZED AND LARGER CREEKS OR RIVERS IS MOST LIKELY TO OCCUR WITH THE EXPECTED STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS. THIS WOULD INCLUDE THE CHATTAHOOCHEE...FLINT... OCMULGEE AND OCONEE RIVER BASINS AND THEIR ASSOCIATED TRIBUTARIES.
-- Patch will have updates on the weather situation.
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