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September 5, 2011

Flash flood watch as remnants of Hurricane Lee continue across North Georgia

A flash flood watch for Murray and Whitfield counties, along with much of north Georgia, remains in effect through Tuesday morning as remnants of Tropical Storm Lee continue to pound the area with steady rain.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

Locally, rain fell for much of Monday. There were periods of light rain and heavy rain. Despite the persistent precipitation, there were no major flooding problems reported. Water on roads and downed tree limbs were reported.

“From what I’m seeing, there will be more rain Tuesday,” said Claude Craig, director of the Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency. “It’s just going to be steady. It will begin to taper off but we’ll still have more rain, and that’s just going to add what we already have.”

Today, there is a 60 percent chance of precipitation. Showers are likely and thunderstorms are possible. The area could receive up to an inch of new rainfall. Estimated rainfall through Monday afternoon was between three inches and five inches.

“Heavy rain in tropical rain bands associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee may lead to instances of flash flooding across the area especially in poorly drained locations in addition with the amount of rainfall expected dry soils will quickly saturate leading to rapid runoff into rivers and creeks resulting in dangerous and potentially life threatening flash flooding,” according to the NWS.

Areas north of Murray and Whitfield counties, including Catoosa County and Chattanooga, were hit with several more inches of rain. Video and pictures from Chattanooga showed cars almost completely submerged.

“It just shows you how fast it can happen,” Craig said.

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