ATLANTA - The heaviest of the rain has moved past north Georgia, but several watches and warnings remain in effect. And Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 8 counties.
The FOX 5 Storm Team is still tracking the potential for scattered showers. A Flood Watch remains in effect through Friday evening. New Year’s Eve is expected be dry, but chilly. Don’t count out a few scattered showers, but again, the heaviest organized rain has passed for now.
Several waterways in Georgia remain under a Flood Warning with rivers, creeks, and streams swelling beyond their banks. Minor to moderate flooding has been reported in Georgia waterways.
Covington Corners Shopping Center went from being open, to suddenly closed as the water quickly filled up the parking lot. The water reportedly got high enough to make its way into one of the department stores.
Just a few miles down the road, a rising Yellow River made a mess at Riverside Estates RV and Mobile Home Park.
Rockdale County saw several secondary roads closed also due to flooding.
Excessive rain caused flooding in some Henry County neighborhoods with as much as 3 inches of rain in some areas.
In Stockbridge, at the Swan Lake Estates, rising waters invaded resident’s backyards, leaving some of their docks under water and patio furniture partly submerged.
In McDonough, at the Bridgewater subdivision, the rising water covered yards. One homeowner said the water reached in 100 feet more from the edge of the lake than it usually does, coating most of the yard in 4 feet of water.
Northwest of Atlanta, in Floyd County, homes in the Summerville Park community got nervous Wednesday as the rain fell. Residents told FOX 5 News they knew they were on a flood plain, but that it hasn’t been this bad in about 20 years. A nearby neighborhood park was completely submerged, at one spot all the way to the roof of a gazebo.
Gov. Deal added to Gordon, Macon, Towns, Troup, and Wilkes counties to the list of places under an emergency declaration. Last week, Fannin, Gilmer and Pickens counties were put on the list. The state of emergency declaration will continue through Jan. 7.