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Flooding, rain in Summerville Georgia | Chatooga County

Govt. Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency for Chattooga and Floyd counties.

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. — Parts of northwest Georgia are flooding after the area received more than 10-inches of rain in the past 24 hours and Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a state of emergency for that part of the state.

Heavy rain continues to impact portions of Chattooga and Floyd counties where a flash flood emergency and flash flood warnings are in place.

The National Weather Service said radar is estimating that some spots have seen 8″ to 10.5″ of rain since midnight. This is leading to some roads and businesses to flood in the area.

“This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order,” the service said.

The service declared a “flash flood emergency” for Summerville, Lyerly and James H. Floyd State Park in Chattooga County. Floyd County – just to the south – was also under a flash flood warning.

“Following severe flooding in North Georgia today, I have declared a State of Emergency in Chattooga and Floyd Counties,” Gov. Kemp said in a statement. “As we work with local partners to address the damage in affected communities, Marty and I are asking all Georgians to join us in praying for the lives and homes impacted.”

Summerville Mayor Harry Harvey told 11Alive that the south end of downtown is seeing the most flooding. He advises residents to stay home. He also said that there have been no injuries reported yet.

The city of Summerville advised residents who use the city’s water utility services to boil water prior to drinking, cooking or preparing baby food due to flash flooding at the Raccoon Creek Filter plant.

“Water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. Citizens should continue to boil their water until they are notified by their drinking water utility that the water system has been restored to full operation, and that the microbiological quality of the water in the distribution system is safe for human consumption,” the city said on its website.

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The Chattooga County Emergency Management Agency is urging people to stay home and stay off the roads, according to a statement on its social media accounts.

“Chattooga County has seen a huge amount of water this morning, flooding several areas within the county. We are expecting at least 2 more inches of rain today and we are asking everyone to PLEASE stay home and do not travel unless absolutely necessary,” they wrote.

The Chattooga River at Summerville is forecast to crest at 16.7′ later today, according to the National Weather Service. As of 9:45 am, the river was at just over 14′.

Photos and video shared with the 11Alive newsroom showed cars and buildings underwater.

Several dogs and cats were also evacuated from an animal shelter in Chattooga County due to the flooding. Volunteers from Chattooga County and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office helped bring them to safety.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Summerville Vet Clinic – Jeff from PAWS and Mary Kate with Floyd Felines – all their volunteers-…

Posted by Animal Advocates of Chattooga County on Sunday, September 4, 2022

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