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Wet weather plagues county; relief on the way

LAWRENCEVILLE - The past few days have left Gwinnett and much of metro Atlanta waterlogged, but relief is on the way, forecasters say.

After receiving several inches of rain that caused minor flooding in areas, clouds are expected to make way for mostly sunny skies today.

Saturday, much of Georgia, including Gwinnett, was under a wind advisory and flood warning. A flood warning for Suwanee Creek was canceled as forecasters predicted the creek's level might approach, but not exceed, the flood stage of eight feet.

According to the National Weather Service, heavy rainfall caused significant runoff to raise the level of several rivers and creeks, causing minor flooding at the Yellow River.

Aside from an increase in the number of minor vehicle accidents, authorities said Gwinnett was relatively unscathed by weather conditions.

Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said it is not unusual to see an increase in accident calls once roads become rain-slicked.

"We have really been fortunate based on the rain amounts and the storm's potential," he said.

Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said none of the accidents police responded to involved serious injury.

Firefighters did respond to two weather-related incidents Saturday, Rutledge said.

At about 11:06 a.m., crews responded to a house fire in the 2000 block of Luke Edwards Road in Dacula after a resident called 911 to report a lightning strike. Rutledge said lightning struck a nearby tree and traveled into the house, causing minor damage to a wall.

At 12:49 p.m., high winds and heavy rain knocked over a large tree at a residence in the 3800 block of Spring Creek Circle in Snellville, Rutledge said. The tree crashed through a bay window and damaged an exterior wall.

Rutledge said both homes were occupied but no one was injured.