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How much rain has fallen and how it’s affecting roads, Lake Lanier
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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 Richardson

More than 2.5 inches of rain Friday caused flooding in parts of the county, with four roads still closed after 9 p.m. around Lula and Murrayville.

A flash flood warning was in effect for part of the day in Hall County, according to the National Weather Service. It expired Friday evening. A dense fog advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, for North Georgia counties and cities, with an estimated visibility of one-quarter mile or less. Gainesville saw 2.65 inches of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 9 p.m. Friday, Lula Park on Ga. 52, Belton Bridge Road at Pea Ridge Road, Belton Bridge Road at Belton Bridge Park, all in Lula, as well as Conner Drive at Claude Parks Road in Murrayville were closed because of flooding, Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said.

Flooding at Jim Hood Road

Flooding is seen at Jim Hood Road in North Hall on Friday, Dec. 28.
By: Kelsey Richardson
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West Fork Little River floods a backyard Dec. 28, 2018, in Clermont. The flooding had closed Jim Hood Road, according to Hall County officials. Photo courtesy Phillip Nierodzik.

Cagle Mill Road in Lula was closed Friday afternoon due to flooding from the North Oconee River.

Jim Hood Road in the area of West Fork Little River in North Hall was closed Friday morning but reopened Friday afternoon.

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.

Megan Reed contributed to this report.

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The Wilshire Park creek rushes through a culvert during heavy rain on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. - photo by Nick Bowman
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