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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 10:33am

Flood Warning Up For Northwest GA Waterways

A flood warning is in effect for Dade and Walker counties until 9pm Tuesday.

Rivers, streams and creeks are expected to crest after midnight and start falling on Wednesday.

While creeks and rivers in northwest Georgia are above flood stage, there are no reports of any injuries or any property threatened by the rising water.

“Lookout Creek, West and South Chickamauga Creeks, Chattooga River, the Conasauga River for example, all are under flood warnings until they go below flood stage. Which is probably not going to be til later on Wednesday, maybe even Wednesday evening.” says Kent Frantz with the National Weather Service.

He says this slow moving system over northern Georgia, dropped a lot of rain since Sunday.

“There has already been 3 to 5 inches of rain that has occurred across about 7 counties up there. And we were looking for about an additional inch of rain. So when it’s all said and done, looks like about 4 to 6 inches of rain will have occurred over northwest Georgia.”he says.

State Climatologist Bill Murphey says he expects all that rain will help improve drought conditions in northwest Georgia.

Murphey says the system has helped stream flow in the Upper Chattahoochee river basin. Lake Lanier rose to nearly 1059 feet. But that’s still 12 feet below summer pool levels.

Another system is expected to move through the state Wednesday night into Thursday. It will move a lot faster and won’t drop as much rain. Forecasters expect it will provide about an inch to an inch and a half of rain from Atlanta to central Georgia. Northern Georgia could see another half inch.

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