Sunday morning storms cause problems across county


— Wires down: 6

— Medical calls: 10

— Smoke inside structure: 7

— Apartment fires: 2

— Business fire: 1

— House fires: 15

— Woods fires: 7

— Alarms activated calls: 43

— Vehicle accidents with possible injury: 4

— Entrapment in vehicle: 1

— Assist a citizen: 8

— Gas leak: 1

TOTAL: 105

*Approximately 3 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Firefighters were kept busy early Sunday morning responding to numerous storm related emergencies. Officials began monitoring the weather and increasing call volume around 3 a.m. as the storms moved across the area.

Crews had their hands full when they found a vehicle in a ditch with rising water and the driver still inside on Abbotts Bridge Road near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Duluth. According to Cpt. Tommy Rutledge, initial fire crews were able to free the patient and no injuries were reported. He said the roadway appeared to be washed over due to the rain.

Rutledge said there were numerous house fires and residential smoke reports during the storm.

On the 3000 block of Ashly Brooke Drive in Snellville, crews found a small working fire in the attic. Rutledge said the fire was quickly extinguished. The blaze caused moderate damage to an area of the attic and upstairs room.

On the 1800 block of Alcovy Road in Lawrenceville, Rutledge said crews found an abandoned structure off the roadway that was fully involved on arrival. He said firefighters operated in the defensive mode to control the blaze.

Also in Lawrenceville, Rutledge said crews found moderate flames showing from the attic and roof of a two-story house off Condor Drive. Although the fire caused heavy damage, he said firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and held the fire to the attic and roof area.

A gas leak was reported along the 4300 block of Smithtown Road in Suwanee, which Rutledge said was caused by lightning.

While responding to another call, Rutledge said an engine rolled up on a tree down in the roadway on Interstate 85 near Buford Drive. He said the tree was blocking the road and caused a significant threat to motorists on the interstate. A second engine was requested to assist with removing the tree.


notblind 2 years, 3 months ago

4.5" of rain overnight in Sugar Hill. Runoff water patterns and volume unseen in over 34 years.


RosieW 2 years, 3 months ago

I hope someone will explain how lightning can cause a gas leak. I find that very scary.

Prayers and thanks for your service to all our firefighters and police.


Why_not 2 years, 3 months ago

I have seen it more than once.....lightning strikes the ground near a gas line and ruptures the line.


Don 2 years, 3 months ago

Plastic gas lines have a copper tracer wire for locating them and when a lightning strike occurs it can burn/melt the plastic.


kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

not one weatherman reported such bad storms for NE Ga. last night. I need to get on of those high-paid jobs for just reporting what someone else tells you to report. Last night was like hurricane force winds and rain. It was predicted to have .5 to 1" of rain only.


Why_not 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree. My weather alert radio was going off almost two full hours before WSB TV gave any alerts this morning, and I get their alerts immediately on my iPad.....they were just way late.


FordGalaxy 2 years, 3 months ago

Kevin, if you saw the time-lapse radar Sunday morning, you would've seen that the storms basically generated over Lake Lanier and moved south. They did not start in another state or another part of Georgia to allow for tracking. No weatherman can predict the type of storms we had Sunday morning. The best case scenario for that is to react as promptly as possible. Even then, almost everyone is alseep at 3am, so there's not much that can be done.

I live in Flowery Branch and got over 7 inches of rain. It was not predicted, because no one, not even the computer models, foresaw the type of storm-generation and slow moving training that occurred. But, nice try on trying to blame the weatherman.


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