Monday, September 21, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - Severe urban flash floods Monday left a woman dead and more than 100 people were rescued from their homes in Gwinnett alone.
As police officers and firefighters responded to emergencies, schools and at least a dozen major roads were closed.
"This is a very dangerous situation," Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said, adding that several police officers had to be rescued while they were attempting to help others and two rescue boats capsized during the early morning efforts. "We've had a very busy day so far."
At about 5 a.m., 39-year-old Seydi Burciaga of Lawrenceville died after her van was swept from the road and into a creek, on Desiree Drive in Lawrenceville, Rutledge said.
Officials were preparing for another possible wave of showers, opening the county's emergency operations center to first respond to the emergencies and then assess the damage.
"We certainly hope that we've seen the worst, but we want to prepared in case we haven't," acting emergency operations director Greg Swanson said.
According to the National Weather Service, another heavy rainfall is expected to begin about 2 p.m. Rain is in the forecast through Tuesday, and the chance of rain is expected to drop Wednesday. The county is under a flood warning set to expire at 9:30 p.m. today.
American Red Cross volunteers were working to assess the situation and possibly open shelters.
A temporary "resting place" was established at a nearby church when more than 100 people were rescued from the Jones Mobile Home Park in Norcross.