Heavy rains cause flooding, road closures - KMSP-TV

Heavy rains cause flooding, road closures

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When water started rising outside her home, one Flowery Branch resident says she realized she was trapped. When water started rising outside her home, one Flowery Branch resident says she realized she was trapped.
Stephens Road in Hall County was washed out by heavy downpours (photo submitted by FOX 5 viewer). Stephens Road in Hall County was washed out by heavy downpours (photo submitted by FOX 5 viewer).
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -

Heavy rains flooded out roads and caused trees to fall around metro Atlanta on Sunday.  Some highways remain impassable.  

In Flowery Branch, a lot of rain fell in a short period of time, causing major flooding on several roads.  High waters closed some roadways for much of the day, and one woman was even trapped in her home.  Hall County authorities declared a state of emergency in flooded areas.

"All I was doing was thinking, ‘Am I going to die?'" Darlene Bales told FOX 5.  
Bales was trapped by rising waters, spent terrifying minutes inside her Flowery Branch home deciding what to do.  

"When I opened the door, the water was on my porch-- everything was flooded," Bales explained.  "So I grabbed Molly, my dog, and we ran to the back door to open it and it was flooded. I don't know how to swim. I panicked. I didn't know what to do."

Bales grabbed her dog and some passing debris, and she was able to float to safety.  Her home in Malibu Ridge is now underwater, and unlivable.   Bales said her home and her vehicles are all a total loss.
On the other side of town, there was more trouble.  The guardrail along Stephens Road remains intact, but it's now hanging above a giant hole in the road.  The road was washed away by the heavy rain.  Thankfully, there were no vehicles on the roadway when the pavement crumbled early Sunday.

A similar situation unfolded on Trudy Drive, where crews worked to fix underground pipes and residents walked out to take a look and the crumbled road.  No one was hurt.  

And along Cove Creek Drive, several sinkholes developed, making conditions too dangerous for traffic.  Some major area roadways, including Atlanta Highway, were also flooded out.

"We've got a wall of water on the Flowery Branch side of the railroad tracks that can't get to Lake Lanier," Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller told FOX 5.

Miller says drains used to channel water from railroad property failed, and with so much rain falling so fast, the water had nowhere to go.  He said the water standing on Atlanta Highway was probably a few feet high.  

Flooding wasn't just contained to Hall County on Sunday.  Two bridges in Johns Creek were closed for several hours because of high waters and downed trees.  Both the Buice Road Bridge and the Parsons Road Bridge have since reopened.  

Issues were also reported in Gwinnett County.  FOX 5 crews spotted water covering Woodward Mill Road, and the area had to be closed to drivers for fear their cars would get stuck.

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