Flood Warning Issued for Stephens County

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Flood Warning National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg
 
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a
 
* Flood Warning for Stephens County in northeastern Georgia…
 
* Until 545 PM EDT Wednesday.
 
* At 1140 AM EDT, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated 3-6 inches of rain has fallen in the past 10-12 hours. This is causing minor flooding across the advisory area with moderate flooding possible. Minor flooding means low-lying areas, farmland, low-water crossings, and recreational areas will flood. Moderate flooding means significant low-land flooding is ongoing and flooding of bridges, larger roadways, and some structures may flood.
 
* Currently, rainfall has tapered off across Stephens County with the heaviest rainfall moving off to the east. New rainfall over the next few hours should be minimal but additional rainfall will develop later this afternoon, some of which may be heavy. This rainfall may create a serious situation as ongoing conditions will be exacerbated and new flooding may develop. Significant flooding in isolated to scattered areas is possible as soils have saturated and any additional rainfall will be pure runoff.
 
* Residents near streams are urged to exercise extreme caution and be prepared to move to higher ground quickly if water is approaching your area. Drivers run the risk of being stranded or swept away if attempting to drive across or near flooded roads.
 
* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Toccoa, Martin, Avalon, Eastanolee and Boydville.
 
* Minor flooding is being reported around Toccoa including along
Eastanolee Creek which is likely overflowing its banks.
 
* The following streams and associated tributaries will experience rapid rises and minor to moderate flooding of low-lying areas and low water crossings, bridges, as well as possibly higher adjacent elevations: Eastanollee Creek, feeder streams into Lake Hartwell, North and Middle forks of the Broad River, and Leatherwood Creek.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
 
Numerous roads, parking lots and bridges will be threatened by heavy rain and rapidly rising streams and creeks. Please pay close attention to road signs indicating a flood-prone area. Obey all barricades, even if water is not currently over the road. Barricades are in place for your protection and indicate areas where flooding can occur rapidly and without warning.
 
When it is safe to do so, please report flood waters or landslides
flowing over roads or threatening property to the National Weather Service by calling toll free, 1, 800, 2 6 7, 8 1 0 1, by posting on our Facebook page, or via Twitter using hashtag NWSGSP. Your message should describe the event and the specific location where it occurred, including roadways, nearby cross streets, stream names and other landmarks.
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