Weather Alert Update: River Flood Warning issued for Alcovy River

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Update:

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Alcovy River until further notice. According to the National Weather Service at Peachtree City, at 3 p.m. on Friday the stage was 9.3 feet and falling. Minor flooding is expected to continue. Flood stage was at 9 feet. Minor flooding begins of the woodlands upstream and downstream from the river gauge at New Hope Road. This flooding will affect Gwinnett and Walton counties.

Initial Alert:

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Flash Flood Watch for much of north and central Georgia, including Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties, from Thursday evening through Friday evening, Jan. 3 – 4, 2019.

FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING * LOW PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST STATES ON FRIDAY. THIS WEATHER SYSTEM WILL BRING ANOTHER ROUND OF WIDESPREAD, POTENTIALLY HEAVY, RAINFALL TO THE REGION. RAINFALL TOTALS OF 1″ TO 3″ WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS IS POSSIBLE. ANY RAINFALL RECEIVED BEFORE FRIDAY WILL ONLY SERVE TO FURTHER SATURATE THE SOILS. * SOIL CONDITIONS REMAIN VERY SATURATED AND RIVER LEVELS REMAIN HIGH ACROSS THE AREA. EVEN A RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNT OF RAINFALL WILL PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT RUNOFF AND FLOODING OF CREEKS AND RIVERS. EVEN AFTER THE RAIN ENDS, HIGH WATER COULD PERSIST FOR SEVERAL DAYS AFTER. *

According to the NWS, a Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding, which is a dangerous situation. Stay tuned once the Flash Flood Watch is in place for any Flash Flood Warnings that may be issued.

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