GILMER COUNTY - Heavy rains in north Georgia led to small mudslides, localized flooding and residents rescued from their homes. Gilmer and Pickens Counties seemed to be the hardest hit areas Wednesday morning.
Emergency management officials in Pickens County said they were forced to try a rescue of a person living on Burnt Mountain Road near Wigington Lane because of rising waters. It caused closures on the road, as well.
Several roads were closed in both counties because of minor mudslides and flooding.
Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office tells WSB they've also been very busy.
"The deputies have been going call-to-call as far as weather-related incidents pretty much since they started their shifts," said Baker.
Gilmer officials also had to rescue some residents from their homes, mainly in the southern part of the county. Mudslides were reported around Highway Five.
"We haven't had any reports of any evacuations of any homes that are under water. Certainly, the water is getting close but we haven't had to do any evacuations or anything of that nature," said Baker.
WSB Meteorologist Kirk Mellish says he had reports of over six inches of rain in some spots in the mountains. He says a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 8:00 Thursday morning for several counties, including Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth and Hall Counties.
"It has just been amazing the amount of water that has fallen in a short period of time. It hasn't had a lot of effect on the other parts of the county, but that northeast corner has definitely been affected," said Baker.