JASPER, Ga. – “A pretty good hit for a small county like Pickens,” that is how Pickens County Commission Chairman Rob Jones referred to the Jones Mountain Road incident that lost an entire lane and part of the bank as well as ripping out a water line.
The incident occurred on February 22, 2019, after the massive rains the area had suffered in recent weeks. Chairman Jones had confirmed the road closure that is still in effect today. Original plans were that the road was to be reopened in the following week. However, the damage is larger than originally thought.
Jones confirmed with FYN today that rough estimates indicate the repair project could end up costing close to $1.8 million in total. There is a proposal before the BOC for repairs using GSI (GeoStabilization International), a company commonly used to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Jones said the proposal, if approved, would make a priority to reopen the section as a single lane for traffic within seven days which could include some gravel over the back shoulder in an effort to alleviate the single lane squeeze. He wants the lane open as he asserted it will be at least a month before this proposal would have Jones Mountain Road fully repaired.
The $1.8 million project also represents a titanic hit to the county’s budget this year. To respond to this, Jones told FYN he is actively seeking aid from both State and Federal agencies as the county starts looking at a long-term recovery process that could easily drift into late spring.
This information is from the National Weather Service. To see the full NWS Radar Image for Georgia please follow the link.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy will push east through the weekend. Expect the moisture associated with TS Cindy to interact with a boundary that will move south across the region through Saturday night. Given the already saturated soils and plentiful moisture expected with this front, we may see more flooding issues, especially across north GA.
Over the past 24 hours, we have observed 1-3 inches of rainfall, mainly north of I-20. This will be the main area of concern in terms of flooding potential.
Flash Flood Watch is in effect across north GA (along and north of I-20).
From 2 PM this afternoon through 8 PM Saturday evening.
An additional 1-2 inches with locally higher amounts is possible, potentially within the metro Atlanta area and points north and west. This may lead to flooding in low lying and flood prone areas, especially in urban areas and along Interstate 20. In addition, creeks, streams and rivers may overflow their banks.
Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms created flooding conditions in several areas in Pickens County on Christmas Eve 2015. FetchYourNews.com spoke with Pickens County Commission Chair Rob Jones this afternoon who told us a total of 11 roads were shut down due to the flooding and issues with washed out culverts. Jones said he was happy to report no one was trapped or injured and he was impressed with the teamwork today with all the workers responding.
Pictured are Evans Road and Dean Mill Road in Pickens County Georgia
Four roads are still closed at this time and the Commissioner tells us he expects these roads will be closed through next week. The roads are Hobson Road where the pavement ends the culvert is washed out, Evans Road which is washed out on the dirt section at the creek crossing, Dean Mill Road in the section of 430 Dean Mill Road and Twin Mountain Lake Circle in two areas with water coming over the spillway and another section between 414 and 426. As always authorities encourage you to “Turn around, don’t drown” when entering areas where you cannot tell how deep the water may be.
A state of emergency has been declared for Pickens county by Governor Nathan Deal. Jones told us he expects it will take some time to assess the cost of the damage from the flooding and hopes the closed roads will be opened within a week. However there is no one trapped by the closures since there are alternate routes to avoid these areas.
Heavy rains and thunderstorms throughout the night caused flooding in multiple areas in North Georgia. Rains and thunderstorms were steady throughout the night and into the morning with another round expected later today, Christmas Eve 2015.
Reports and photos coming in show areas in Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens Counties where flood waters are rising. FYN has reports of roads covered in water, bridges closed or out, and other areas under water.
Authorities warn citizens to use caution and do not enter areas where you cannot tell how deep the water may be. We will bring additional information as received.
Pickens County escaped with minimal damage from a major storm system moving through the area Wednesday night. (more…)