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All roads reopened as heavy floodwater recedes
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Joshua Yule, left, and Garrett McHenry said they were shocked at how much the flooding of West Fork Little River on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, had changed the layout of their usual hangout spot on Jim Hood Road in North Hall. - photo by Kelsey Podo

All roads have reopened in Hall County following heavy rain and subsequent flooding Friday.

Several roads in the area of West Fork Little River were closed Friday due to water over the roadways. Cagle Mill Road and Jim Hood Road both reopened Friday afternoon while Belton Bridge Road and Conner Drive reopened early Saturday, according to a release from Hall County Public Information Officer Katie Crumley.

"Smaller streams reached their peaks earlier in the day, and larger streams continued to rise later in the afternoon, which meant we were constantly having to re-evaluate the conditions of area roadways," said Hall County Engineer Kevin McInturff.  

Matt Tarver, Gainesville’s deputy director of public works, said Friday that no roads in the city closed due to flooding, but crews did clear drains.

Releases from Buford Dam have been reduced to control flooding conditions downstream of Lake Lanier, according to James Hathorn Jr. of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

As of 9:15 p.m. Friday, the water level at Lake Lanier was 1,072.77, which is 1.77 feet above full pool.

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