Flooding Atlanta Georgia and Gatlinburg Tennessee I-75
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Flooding Interstate 75 Georgia, Tennessee

Flooding still a problem along Interstate 75 in Atlanta and Gatlinburg
Here is the latest information we have on the flooding in Georgia and Atlanta. The information is from the National Weather Service offices in Tennessee and Georgia.

Georgia Flooding I-75

A persistent low pressure system which had been located over the lower Mississippi Valley for much of the past week brought a prolonged period of heavy rain across north and central Georgia. The period of rain began on Monday (September 14th), and through Friday much of the forecast area had recorded 1-3 inches of rain with localized amounts of 5-10 inches recorded over eastern portions of the area between Atlanta and Athens, as well as in the Macon area.

The low pressure system began to weaken as it lifted north/northeast this weekend. This system provided a southwest flow of deep Gulf moisture across the Southeast. Surface high pressure building south along the eastern seaboard provided additional Atlantic moisture across the forecast area. The combination of these systems, aided by several upper level impulses, brought persistent heavy rainfall across portions of north and central Georgia where grounds were already saturated from rainfall throughout the past week beginning on Saturday. Heavy rainfall began across the Northeast Georgia Mountains Saturday morning, with additional heavy rain moving into the Atlanta metropolitan area by Saturday evening. Rainfall reports on Saturday showed 3-5 inches fell across portions of Northeast Georgia as well as across much of the Atlanta Metropolitan area. The heavy rainfall continued on Sunday...mainly impacting the Atlanta Metropolitan area during the afternoon and evening hours. 24 hour rainfall totals reported Monday morning showed rainfall amounts of more than 3 inches across portion of the metropolitan area with Douglas and Gwinnett counties hardest hit. Isolated areas in these counties received more than 9 inches with 11.80 inches of rainfall reported in Douglas county. Monday saw additional heavy rainfall across the area with 9 to 12 inches reported across western portions of the Atlanta Metropolitan area.

The heavy rainfall caused significant runoff into area streams and rivers, resulting in major to record flooding across the Atlanta metropolitan area. Interstate 75 affected by the rains. Numerous street and homes have been flooded, with portions of the downtown connector closed due to water over the road.

Rain Totals September 19-21

  • Atlanta --- 6.46"
  • Athens --- 6.16"
  • Columbus --- 1.46"
  • Macon --- 5.58"
  • Rome --- 4.22"

Flooding in Tennesee

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN GEORGIA and TENNESSEE.

SOUTH CHICKAMAUGA NEAR SOUTH CHICKAMAUGA CREEK @ CHICKAMAUGA TN AFFECTING CATOOSA AND HAMILTON COUNTIES

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN TENNESSEE.

FRENCH BROAD RIVER NEAR NEWPORT TN AFFECTING COCKE AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES PIGEON RIVER AT NEWPORT TN AFFECTING COCKE COUNTY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.
MOST DEATHS IN FLOODS OCCUR IN CARS! IF YOU COME TO A CLOSED OR FLOODED ROAD, TURN AROUND! DON`T DROWN! FOR MORE DETAILS, STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION OR RADIO THAT CARRY WEATHER INFORMATION

Flood Stage Readings September 22, 2009

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE PIGEON RIVER NEWPORT TN
* AT 10:00 AM TODAY THE STAGE WAS 9.0 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING. THE FORECAST IS FOR MINOR FLOODING.
* FORECAST...THE RIVER CRESTED AT 9.3 FEET AT 4 AM TODAY AND WILL CONTINUE TO FALL TO BELOW FLOOD STAGE THIS AFTERNOON.
* AT 8.0 FEET...MINOR FLOODING OCCURS DOWNSTREAM FROM GAGE ON HIGHWAY 25/70.
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