Motorists urged to use extreme caution in aftermath of heavy rain, floods

ATLANTA ­-- The Georgia Department of Transportation is strongly encouraging motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel this evening and to exercise the utmost caution if they must drive. 

"We are working throughout Central and North Georgia and the Metropolitan Atlanta area to remove debris and clear standing water and clogged storm drains," Commissioner Keith Golden stated.  "This has been an
extraordinarily devastating event in many areas of northwest Georgia and a most frustrating complication to the evening commute for many thousands.  We ask motorists to please be patient and cautious and do not drive through areas of standing water; please detour around these areas if at all possible."

The Department has crews mobilized throughout the affected areas and will work with emergency responders to restore free-moving travel as soon as possible. 

DeKalb officials said its recreation departments would close at 7 this evening and all evening classes and practices are cancelled, due to inclement weather. The centers will resume classes and practices as scheduled tomorrow.

Road Closures:   
SR 60 in Fannin County, between Mile Posts  23 & 24 (North of SR 515)‹waiting for power lines to clear;
SR 140 in Adairsville, Bartow County  ­GDOT crews clearing debris.

Partial Flooding Issues:
DeKalb county, I-285 SB at Ponce De Leon‹flooding in lane four (on the right)

Fulton County,  I-85 SB ramp at Camp Creek Parkway; ramp closed due to flooding

Fulton County, SR 166 WB, west of Delowe Drive, slow moving water

Jackson county, flooding on SR 11 at MP 7, just south of SR 129.