Mon., September 21, 2009 9:55pm (EDT)

Schools Closed Due to Rain
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
A road in North Georgia flooded by historic rainfall. (photo by John Sepulvado)
A road in North Georgia flooded by historic rainfall. (photo by John Sepulvado)
Schools throughout North Georgia and Metro Atlanta have cancelled classes Tuesday as more rain and flooding is expected throughout the area.

The state's largest school systems, including Gwinnett, Carroll, Chattooga, Paulding, Rabun, Douglas, Forsyth, Cobb, Fulton and Dekalb counties, as well as Atlanta Public Schools, will not be open.

Officials say inclement weather and unsafe roads are the reasons for the closure.

North Georgia has gotten an historic amount of rainfall in the past few days after three years of drought. More rain is in the forecast for Tuesday.

Many North Georgia residents are seeing wet basements and rain damage to their homes. Tens of thousands of people have also lost electricity.

Georgia Power officials say the power outages are mainly due to rain-weakened trees falling down on power lines.