Weeks of heavy rain that have drenched much of the Southeast have been a blessing at a wildlife refuge that straddles the Georgia-Florida state line. Officials at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge say it's enjoying a swamp water level about a foot higher than average and low fire anxiety.
A flash flood watch remains in effect through Friday evening for parts of north Georgia and west central Georgia. Forecaster said before dawn Friday that additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches appears likely through this evening, with locally higher amounts possible. Forecasters have extended a flood warning for metro Atlanta through Saturday morning as rain continues to elevate river and stream levels.
Wet weather is causing difficulty for Georgia farmers. The owner of Cedar Hollow Farm in Cleveland, Glen Cook, says the large amount of rainfall has made it hard to weed and do other essential field work. Jody Farmer of Hall County said he is roughly a month behind schedule working his wheat and soybean crops.
Lake Lanier is back up to its full water level for the first time in two years. That’s good news for homeowners, boaters and others using the lake. But some worry Georgians will give up the few water restrictions they may be following now.
Engineers and public works officials in south Georgia say recent rains could lead to sinkholes forming in the area. Albany Public Works Sewer Superintendent Ann Zimmer-Shepherd says the city has received several calls from residents nervous about the stability of their homes after a sinkhole formed beneath a Florida man's house and killed him.
Georgia has seen so much rain in the last two weeks, that there are no more areas of extreme or exceptional drought in the state. That helps farmers long-term, but some have had to delay planting due to all the rain.