Hall County road maintenance crews are working to reopen three area roads that washed out during the historic rainfall Monday and early Tuesday.
“A large amount of water caused (stormwater) pipe failure,” said Jimmy Hightower, road maintenance superintendent, on Wednesday. “Parts of the road collapsed.”
Workers are trying to repair Lee Road, which is between Grant and Thompson Bridge roads, and Willie Robinson Road, between Cool Springs and Leach roads, both in Northwest Hall.
They also are working on Ben Lee Road, which runs between Mount Vernon Road and Will Wheeler Road in North Hall.
Gainesville set a record Tuesday for the most rainfall ever reported locally in a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.
A cooperative observer using a National Weather Service gauge at Lake Lanier recorded 6.6 inches falling between 8 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday.
According to the rain gauge at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, some 6.7 inches of rain fell Monday and early Tuesday, bringing the total since Sunday to 7.39 inches.
Hightower said his department received 87 calls for service on roads that needed work because of the storms.
“That’s a very high request for (service),” he said.
The main issues were trees that had fallen on roadways and travel “interrupted because of the high volume of water,” Hightower said.
Gainesville also experienced road problems, but “as far as big repairs, we did not have (to make) any Tuesday,” Public Works Director David Dockery said. “There were situations around town where storm drain inlets were overwhelmed and caused some localized street flooding.”
Heavy rains also were blamed for as much as 1.5 million gallons of partially treated wastewater bypassing the final treatment process at the Flat Creek Water Reclamation Facility on Old Flowery Branch Road and discharging into Flat Creek.
After about three hours early Tuesday, personnel “regained control of the treatment plant and returned to normal operations,” city officials said.
The rains have certainly benefited Lake Lanier.
As of Wednesday evening, the lake stood at 1,063.01 feet above sea level, or more than 2 feet above Sunday afternoon’s elevation of 1,060.92 feet.
Lanier’s full pool is 1,071 feet. The last time it was at that level was May 1, 2011, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.