Rain raises flood concerns, NE Ga schools impacted

There is a flood watch in place for Clarke and Oconee counties through at least this afternoon, with an extension likely as heavy rain is in the northeast Georgia forecast today and again tomorrow and Thursday. A stretch of the Oconee River at Penfield has already crested flood stage after heavy rains that fell last week.

With the threat of flooding, Banks and Franklin County school officials are among those who say they will delay this morning’s school openings by two hours.

From WSB TV…

  • 2 to 4 inches of rain are in the forecast across metro Atlanta.
  • A flash flood watch is in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
  • There is the risk of severe storms late Wednesday into Thursday morning.
  • Heavy rain is already causing flooding in parts of north Georgia.

Gilmer, Whitfield, Gordon, Habersham, Pickens, Bartow and Union counties, as well as Calhoun City Schools, Trion City Schools and Dalton Public Schools, announced that classes have been canceled Tuesday due to the threat of flooding.

Fannin, Banks, Haralson, Lumpkin, Towns, Dawson, Clay (N.C.), Cleburne (AL), Polk and Floyd counties, as well as Rome City Schools, said they will be on a 2-hour delay Tuesday.

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