Waterlogged: Heavy rains dump 5 inches of rain in parts of county

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Monday's storms dumped nearly five inches of rain on parts of Gwinnett County, causing minor flooding in several creeks, a National Weather Service hydrologist said.

By midday, the western part of the county had received 41/2 inches of rain, while 21/2 inches had fallen on the eastern part of Gwinnett, hydrologist Kent Frantz said.

The rainfall caused minor flooding in the Sweetwater, Suwanee, Pew and Crooked creeks, as well as the Alcovy River, Frantz said. The Yellow River was also expected to reach flood level.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for southwestern Gwinnett County, as well as DeKalb and Fulton counties. A flash flood watch is in effect for the northern half of Georgia until early this morning.

The heavy rainfall also prompted some road closures, according to the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation. North of Interstate 85, Mitchell Road between Brook Hollow Parkway and Rails Way in Norcross was closed because of flooding, and Pittman Circle at Bronco Trail in Berkeley Lake was closed because of high water. The roads remained closed Monday afternoon and will reopen once the water recedes, officials said.

Deep water on many Atlanta-area streets created dangerous driving conditions, and a Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman said there were numerous accidents during the Monday morning commute, some due to standing water and others caused by fog and poor visibility. Some lanes were closed on Interstate 20 west of Atlanta because of standing water.

Kathy Huggins, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, said so far there were no reports of major flooding.

"We're not anticipating the kind of rain they had in Tennessee," Huggins said. More than 13 inches of rain fell in a two-day period in Nashville, and 11 deaths were reported in the state.

Georgia Power spokesman Jeff Wilson said crews were out Monday morning restoring power to about 2,800 customers who lost their electricity during the storm overnight, with about 1,100 of those out in the north metro area.

"The rest are scattered around," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.