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Fannin County EMA
Wednesday February 20th, 2019 :: 12:16 p.m. EST

Advisory

Flash Flood Watch until 07:00PM Thursday

Overview...Locally heavy rainfall is expected to develop tonight and last through Thursday evening. Soils have become very saturated across portions of north Georgia, mainly along and north of the Interstate 85 and Interstate 20 corridors. Higher rainfall rates in combination with the saturated soils will increase the potential for Flash Flooding tonight through Thursday evening. The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of north central Georgia... northeast Georgia and northwest Georgia...including the following areas...in north central Georgia...Cherokee... Dawson...Fannin...Gilmer...Lumpkin...Pickens and Union. In northeast Georgia...Towns and White. In northwest Georgia... Bartow...Catoosa...Chattooga...Dade...Floyd...Gordon... Haralson...Murray...Paulding...Polk...Walker and Whitfield.

* Through Thursday evening

* Soil conditions remain very saturated and river levels remain high across the area. The potential for locally heavy rainfall will increase tonight and last through Thursday evening. Rainfall totals between 1" and 3" are likely, with locally higher amounts possible. This amount of rainfall will produce significant runoff and flooding of creeks and rivers. The watch may have to be extended into Friday, or even the weekend, as additional rainfall is expected during this time.

* Periods of heavy rain can overwhelm or clog storm drains and ditches with debris and cause extensive street flooding and road ponding. This is especially true this time of year as fallen leaves block or impede drainage systems. Take time ahead of the rain to clear leaves and debris from these drainage systems. Due to the extremely saturated soils, downed trees will be likely, even with sub severe winds.

* AFFECTED AREAS: CATOOSA ... GILMER ... CHATTOOGA ... GORDON ... HARALSON ... WALKER ... WHITFIELD ... DAWSON ... LUMPKIN ... FLOYD ... MURRAY ... DADE ... PAULDING ... WHITE ... FANNIN ... BARTOW ... CHEROKEE ... PICKENS ... TOWNS ... UNION ... POLK

Instructions:

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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Address/Location
Fannin County EMA
181 Church St
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 706-632-1958

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Alert Details

Severity:
Severe - Significant threat to life or property
Urgency:
Future - Responsive action SHOULD be taken in the near future
Certainty:
Possible (p <= ~50%)
Category:
Meteorological (inc. flood)
Event:
Flash Flood Watch

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