A fast moving storm system brought heavy rain to metro Atlanta, flooding interstates during afternoon drive and leaving some residents trapped in their neighborhood.
The rain was so heavy in Woodstock in washed away the only way in and out of the Hickory Glen subdivision, leaving residents in about 30 homes trapped. Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says Stoney Creek Road is shutdown in the 600 block. Crews were working overnight to find a place to building a temporary road.
“There are a couple of small creeks running through this neighborhood that are overflowing,” said Eric Olsen, who leaves near Hickory Glen.
In Sandy Springs more than 100 people were evacuated from The Falls apartment complex because the storms damaged a dam near Roswell Road, causing a gas leak. One northbound lane of Roswell Road is blocked near the Prado to fix the damage.
More than three of inches of rain had fallen in metro Atlanta by 9 p.m. It was too much for some of the problem areas on the interstates
Flooding temporarily blocked all lanes I-285 southbound, south of Chamblee Tucker Road, according to GDOT. Flooding also forced the DOT to close the ramp from I-85 southbound to Camp Creek Parkway.
“The water came rushing down the embankment over the wall,” DOT contractor Lonnie Blackstone said.
In southeast Atlanta, one person had to be rescued by boat from a Macon Drive home, according to the fire department. In south Fulton County, Brookdale Park in East Point looked more like a lake due to rising waters.
“There was a creek behind a home that was rising fairly quickly,” said Atlanta fire department spokeswoman Janet Ward. “There was a woman on the porch. She was rescued by the fire department’s swift water rescue team.”
About 5,000 Georgia Power customers lost electricity from downed power lines, Jacob Hawkins, a spokesman for the utility, said shortly before 10 p.m. Crews were expected to work through the night to restore power, he said.
The Atlanta weather also caused delays at the airport, where arriving flights were delayed an average of two hours, according to the FAA.
WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish says the humidity and rain chance will stay high for the next few days. He’s calling for a 70 percent chance of a shower or a thunderstorm Thursday with high temperatures around 80 degrees.
Friday isn’t much better. Mellish is looking at a 50 percent chance of rain during the day and a 30 percent chance at night. Highs will be around 82 and lows will be 63-66.
For the weekend, the rain clears out and partly cloudy skies will remain. Highs should be 84-87.
The chance of rain and humidity both go up again Monday.