Flooding, no major accidents reported in morning heavy rains

Staff and wire reports

April 7, 2014

Heavy rains sweeping the region have caused some flooding in some areas locally, but no major accidents had been reported this morning.

About 2.5 inches of rain was measured in downtown LaGrange at 9 a.m.

Troup County 911 Director Suzy Noles reported several calls for flooding on Whitesville Road between Davis Road and Lukken Industrial Boulevard.

No major wrecks have been reported as a result of the rain, Noles said, however five minor accidents were reported as of 8:30 a.m., with the earliest report at 11:25 p.m Sunday. Four of those occurred between 7:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on New Franklin Road, Hogansville Road, Orchard Hill Road and Interstate 85.

LaGrange’s superintendent for the street department, Chris Prather, said there are no street closures at this time and city crews working none stop clearing storm drains and catching drainage calls.

In other areas, heavy rain drenched the metro Atlanta and much of the rest of north Georgia Monday morning, slowing traffic and prompting flood warnings.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued flash flood warnings for Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Fulton and Heard counties through 1:15 p.m.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported rainfall totals through 7 a.m. of 1.36 inches in Marietta, 1.48 inches at Atlanta’s airport, 2.68 inches in Alpharetta, 2.79 inches in Cartersville, 2.82 inches in Dunwoody and 3.01 inches in Dallas.

Rain was expected to continue for much of the day.

To the west, in central Alabama, people had to be evacuated from a mobile home park and rescued from their vehicles because of flooding.