Weather Alert Update: River Flood Warning issued for local area

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Update

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Flood Warning for the Alcovy River near Lawrenceville from this afternoon until the evening. The Flood Watch has been canceled.

 AT 2PM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 10.6 FEET…AND RISING. * MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FLOOD STAGE IS 9.0 FEET. * THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 12.0 FEET BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON. THE RIVER WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE EARLY TOMORROW. * AT 11.0 FEET…MODERATE FLOODING BEGINS. SIGNIFICANT FLOODING EXPANDS FURTHER INTO THE WOODLANDS UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM FROM THE RIVER GAUGE AT NEW HOPE ROAD. THE WATER LEVEL REACHES THE BOTTOM OF THE BRIDGE. COUNTY OFFICIALS MAY NEED TO CLOSE THE BRIDGE DUE TO EROSION TO THE BANKS ON THE SIDES OF THE BRIDGE.

Initial Story

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Flash Flood Watch for much of North and central Georgia, including the local area of Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties. The Flash Flood Watch goes into effect on Thursday evening, Dec. 27, and will remain in effect through Saturday morning, Dec. 29, 2018.

“Light rain will move into the state Thursday and become moderate to heavy across most of north and central Georgia Thursday night. The heavy rain will persist into Friday before tapering off Friday night. Total rainfall of 1.5 to 2.5 inches is expected through Saturday morning with isolated higher amounts likely. Soil conditions remain very moist 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.”

National Weather Service

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions could develop that lead to flash flooding, which is considered a very dangerous condition. Stay alert for Flash Flood Warnings.

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