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Monday, September 21, 2009

Atlanta rain causes major flooding, road closures

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What's felt like days of nonstop rain in metro Atlanta reached a crescendo Monday, causing deaths, road closures and sinkholes. According to the AJC, four people have died in the floods. In Roswell, police and emergency crews are currently working to free children from a school bus trapped under power lines. Roads are closed, basements are flooded, and it appears this won't end for a while.

Tessa Horehled of Drive a Faster Car captured video of flooded Peachtree Creek in Midtown West. Wait until about 27 seconds into the video. Yeah.

The AJC reports Peachtree Creek is on track to reach its third highest level on record. Horehled says there's roughly a six foot drop (and then about a quarter of a mile hike) from where she recorded the video to the creek. She estimates the water level here's at about eight feet. Keep in mind, this video was from earlier this afternoon, before the current bout of rainstorms.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

After the jump, Horehled's videos.

Double-check to see if your insurance will cover flood damage. (The state says some insurance policies might not.) Here's a list of Atlanta road closures. You can also follow news about flooded areas and road closures on twitter at #atlflood. Keep off the road if you can. If not, drive safe.

(UPDATE) Another video from Horehled. This one's from DeFoors Ferry Road at Peachtree Creek.

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