Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency Sunday afternoon due to severe flooding in Chattooga and Floyd counties. Estimated rainfall in some locations is expected to cause rivers to swell rapidly, according to the order.
“Preliminary assessments from county emergency management agencies and the Georgia Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security demonstrate the need for assistance in affected counties,” the order read.
Areas including Somerville, Lyary and James H. Floyd State Parks are under emergency flash flood warning on Sunday.
“This is a particularly dangerous situation. Find high ground now! Life-threatening flash floods in low-water intersections, small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses,” said a warning from the Japan Meteorological Agency. increase.
Jennifer Hurley, who owns a salon in downtown Somerville, said it took hours to get to her store because downtown was flooded. Her salon was among the businesses that flooded the town.
The Chattooga County Emergency Management Department said more rain is likely and urged residents to stay home.