Flooding leads to dramatic rescues in the Georgia mountains
by Associated Press Wire
August 01, 2013 09:57 AM | 2339 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters issued flash flood warnings for parts of north Georgia as a cluster of showers and thunderstorms produced heavy rain.

A flash flood warning for Gilmer County would be in effect until noon Thursday, the National Weather Service said. Communities covered in the warning included Ellijay, Talking Rock and Talona.

In Pickens County, a mudslide washed over part of Burnt Mountain Road, and a bridge on another part of the road was impassable because of high water, sheriff's Lt. Kris Stancil told WXIA-TV. Firefighters in that county say a mobile home near Jasper had to be evacuated because of flooding.

Crews were working to rescue people from a vehicle that was stuck in a creek on Camp Hope Road at the Young Life Camp, Pickens County Fire Chief Bob Howard told WSB-TV.

Photos posted by the Pickens County Progress newspaper showed firefighters using ropes to try and reach two Young Life camp employees standing near a pickup on a small piece of land surrounded by raging floodwaters. The two were successfully rescued, the newspaper reported on its Facebook page.

Rescue crews were also working to remove a school bus driver from a bus with downed power lines on it on Burnt Mountain Road, Howard said. There are no students on the bus.

In Gilmer County, an emergency manager that a swift-water rescue was taking place Thursday morning at a home on Avery Drive. Details of that situation were not immediately available.

Reports of flooding were continuing to come into the sheriff's office, the Gilmer County Sheriff's Department said on its official Twitter account. Locations under water included Blackberry Mountain Road, Misty Valley Lane, and Hemlock Lane, the sheriff said.

The Cobb County Fire Department has sent crews to Gilmer County to assist, WSB-TV reported.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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