Rain Damage: Minor flooding, fallen trees

by WES MAYER

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Wahoo Creek, a quarter
 mile north of the Newnan city limits on U.S. Highway 29, overflows its banks and floods a nearby field. Local residents say it is the highest they have ever seen the creek, which was was 6-8 feet higher than normal from recent rainfall.

Because of the seemingly incessant rain in the last couple of days, a number of weather-related issues occurred around Coweta County this week.

According to Coweta County Emergency Management officials, on Wednesday, 12 fallen trees were reported around the county. On Thursday, 10 more fallen trees were reported, and as of late Friday, four more fallen trees were reported. 

There were no injuries as a result of the downed trees, but traffic flow was impeded on more than one occasion. A total of five fallen trees have been reported along U.S. Highway 29 since Wednesday.

There has been some minor flooding throughout the county.

According to Jay Jones, director of Coweta County Emergency Management, Line Creek in Senoia reached a minor flooding level of 10.27 feet, but as of Friday afternoon had receded to around 9 feet. The Chattachoochee River reached 13.93 feet on Thursday, but 15 feet is only considered minor flooding.

The Newnan area had received a total of at least 5.75 inches of rainfall as of Friday afternoon so far this month.

A flood situation occurred the Fourth of July at 2999 North Highway 29 at the Timber Ridge subdivision, Jones said. A culvert pipe leading under the roadway was clogged by some obstruction and the surrounding area was flooded. The rain affected a nearby home, flooding the surrounding yard about 12 inches and the inside of the home about one to two inches. It also caused a sinkhole to form approximately 30 feet in diameter that shut down nearby rail service.

“Although predictions called for possible severe weather,” Jones said, “we basically had a lot of rainfall.”

There was “some minor street flooding at low-lying spots and at culverts, a few trees and power lines down, but those were sporadic in the city of Newnan and surrounding county,” Jones said.




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