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More rain in store for Georgia; flood threat continues

The Flint River at Albany, Dec. 28, 2015 (Chuck Ulm) The Flint River at Albany, Dec. 28, 2015 (Chuck Ulm)
The dam at Lake Blackshear on Sunday The dam at Lake Blackshear on Sunday

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say more rain is headed to Georgia, where many parts of the state are still dealing with flood waters from earlier storms.

The National Weather Service says rain is expected to develop early Wednesday, with the heaviest rain expected over north Georgia.

Parts of north Georgia have been especially hard-hit by flooding. In Gordon County, about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, divers on Monday recovered the body of a man whose car was swept away by floodwaters. Gordon County Chief Deputy Robert Paris said authorities believe the man was driving Saturday afternoon when floodwaters overtook his car.

Over 80 Lee County homes have been affected by creeks that have overflowed their banks.

As of 6:00AM Tuesday, the lake level at the Crisp County Power dam was 235.8, which is 1.2 feet below full pool for Lake Blackshear at Warwick.

General Manager Steve Rentfrow said the lake was still rising at an average rate of about 1.5 feet per day, and he expects the peak to pass through the dam shortly after noon. 

The Lake will continue rising most of today.  They expect it to stop rising sometime late today, when the lake should be about full pool.  It may be slightly above full pool above the 280 bridge. When the lake stops rising, they will begin gradually closing gates to maintain full pool level.

Forecasters said an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected over much of north Georgia with Wednesday's rain. A flood watch covers north Georgia, including all of metro Atlanta, until 7 a.m. Thursday.

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