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THE LATEST: Lanier up 2.5 feet since Sunday, still rising
Heavy rain expected to taper off Tuesday
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The Hall County Department of Public Works is on the scene at Brown Street, where the road has been damaged due to heavy rains. Brown Street will be closed until further notice. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

Flood warning issued for Hall, surrounding areas

Tonight: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a low around 68. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. East wind around 10 mph.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

Here are the latest developments as a result of the heavy rainfall in Northeast Georgia:

LAKE LANIER: Lake Lanier is rising rapidly, up more than 2.51 feet since 7 a.m. Sunday. At 10:30 p.m. Monday, Lanier was at 1,067.14 feet above sea level and still rising, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Full pool is 1,071 feet.

POWER OUT IN CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN: As of 7:45 p.m., approximately 2,100 Jackson EMC customers in the Chestnut Mountain area are without power due to a tree that fell on a power line near Strickland Road.

Spokeswoman Bonnie Jones said it would take approximately an hour to restore power there.

FORSYTH SCHOOLS CLOSED TUESDAY: Citing weather and safety concerns, the Forsyth County school system has cancelled classes for Tuesday.

District spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo said it is the first time in at least a decade that school has been called off because of rain.

ROADS CLOSED IN FORSYTH: Bettis Tribble Gap Road at Dr. Dunn Road, Hurt Bridge Road at Aaron Sosebee Road, 323 Dahlonega Street off Church Street, Heardsville Circle and Pooles Mill Road,Nicholson Road at Old Federal Road, Howard Road at Cobb Creek, Kelly Mill Road at Cheatam Creek, Castleberry Road between Majors Road and Bethelview Road,Sanders Road between Mary Alice Park Road and Buford Dam Road, Watson Road,Fowler Road.

JACKSON COUNTY UPDATE: Steve Nichols, Jackson County Emergency Services director, said the county hadn't been hit as hard as its neighboring counties when it came to the wet weather.

"We have been extremely lucky. We're sitting in between Gwinnett and Hall County, which have had flooding," Nichols said Monday afternoon. The county only had one road closing — Charlie Cooper Road, a secondary street where it isn't uncommon for flooding to occur, he said. We also checked some rivers and some creeks earlier and everything's looking OK," he added. "We've got the normal water pools in the roads and things like that, but that's it."

FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO FLOODING: The Gainesville Fire Department responded to Jesse Jewell Parkway near Dorsey Street, where clogged storm drains were causing the road to flood. Those drains have been cleared and the water is now draining.

Firefighters are en route to Davis Street to reports of flooding.

CHICOPEE POWER PROBLEM: A power line is down in the Chicopee area that is affecting power supply in the village off Atlanta Highway, said Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell.

HOPE PRESENTATION CANCELLED AT SPOUT SPRINGS LIBRARY: This evening’s HOPE presentation at the Spout Springs branch of the Hall County Library has been cancelled. Hal Wilkinson, a representative of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which administers HOPE, was scheduled to speak at the library at 6:30 p.m.

Inclement weather and flooding in other parts of Northeast Georgia have prevented the speaker from reaching the Spout Springs location, library staff say.

The event will be re-scheduled, but a date has not been set yet.

ATLANTA HIGHWAY: The state DOT is urging motorists to be careful and drive slowly on Atlanta Highway at Hilton Drive. The road is still a gravel base due to the repair last week from the pipe collapse under the state route. Pot holes have developed in the area and are worsening as rain continues. DOT Maintenance will complete the repair as weather permits.RAINFALL TOTAL: Almost 4.5 inches of rain had fallen at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport at 3:30 p.m. Monday. And heavy rain is expected to continue throughout the night.

FLOOD WARNING: The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Hall and surrounding counties.

The warning, which will continue until 2:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, affects Hall, Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties.

An additional 1 to 3 inches of rain is predicted for these areas later today, weather forecasters say.

BROWN STREET: Brown Street is closed to through traffic until further notice. Heavy rains have damaged the road just north of its intersection with Eugene Drive, washing out an entire lane.

Hall County Assistant Public Works Director Ken Smith said the newly established bank on Brown Street in east Gainesville has eroded into the creek, and the water is undermining the road.

DAWSON COUNTY: The following roads have been closed in Dawson County: Tatum Trail, Turnalay Branch, Roscoe Collette at Bruce.

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This story will be updated throughout the day as developments warrant.

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