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Sunday drowning mars otherwise quiet July Fourth weekend
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A drowning Sunday afternoon shattered what had been a quiet holiday weekend at Lake Lanier, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

A woman who could not swim fell off a dock. Her husband also could not swim but tried to rescue her. They were both pulled out of the water, and EMS tried to revive her, but she did not survive, DNR spokeswoman Melissa Cummings said.

Wet weather remains in the forecast at least for the first part of this week, according to the National Weather Service.

“The moisture is going to continue pumping into Georgia through Tuesday, Wednesday, possibly even Thursday,” said forecaster Vaughn Smith.

The rain canceled or postponed many Independence Day events, including the American Legion’s fireworks display at Laurel Park, which was rescheduled for Labor Day.

There were three boating under the influence citations issued on Lake Lanier, and one boating incident.

“Information from conservation rangers on Lake Lanier and statewide indicated that rain and the outlook of bad weather appeared to keep many boaters off the water,” she said. “This may have contributed to the overall stats for boating to have been down during this normally busy holiday weekend.”

Statewide, there were few boating incidents. A Sunday morning accident on Lake Allatoona in Bartow County claimed a life when a boat operator fell into the lake, and then was run over by the unmanned vessel.

The man, identified as Robert Lewis, 52, of Dallas, Ga., died from his injuries. It was unclear what led to his falling off the boat.

Locally, the rain was blamed for a large tree falling across Forrest Avenue in Gainesville on Saturday. The road was still blocked off on Sunday. Further information on when the road will reopen was not available.

Traffic incidents were few, with a Georgia State Patrol spokesperson saying that the rain seemed to make for lighter-than-normal traffic conditions.

Smith advised that the rain is expected to begin tapering off midweek, though he did note that one early model shows it continuing into Friday and Saturday.

A flood watch, originally set to expire Sunday, has been extended through this evening, the National Weather Service posted Sunday afternoon.

More than 1.5 inches of rain fell over the weekend, according to data from Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport. According to data from Athens, so far this month 3.6 inches of rain has fallen, Smith said.

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