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Flash flooding closes roads across central Georgia

Remember, you should never try to drive across a flooded roadway.
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PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. — Rains from Sunday's storms are causing flash flooding along several roads in central Georgia.

Sheriff Howard Sills of Putnam County says they’ve got trees down in various spots. He also says there are about half a dozen roads closed with water running across them.

He says the locations are scattered across the county and are low lying roads with a history of flooding.

None of them include major roadways.

Several are in the Lake Sinclair area off of U.S. 129 and up near Highway 212.

The Sheriff says he’s hopeful the water will go down quickly once the rain stops.

Then they can assess any damage and try to get the roads reopened quickly.

Road closures have also been reported in Monroe County, according to the Monroe County Road Department.

They say Abernathy Road and Edwards Road off of Hwy 83N are closed until further notice.

Another alert was sent on the Monroe County Sheriff's Office app that said Lockett Street in the city of Culloden is closed and blocked off due to a large tree that has fallen on power lines.

Lamar County is also reporting roads with standing water, including 

  • Turner Bridge rd
  • Piedmont rd
  • 341 at Silver Dollar rd
  • Ga Hwy 36 east at Cole forest subdivision
  • Cannafax road
  • Purdue road
  • Roberts road
  • McCollum road
  • Elm street in Milner

In a post to Facebook, they say that Deputies are still patrolling the roads and county road crews are working to put up signage.

A release from the Jones County Sheriff says that people should look out for the areas of Shoal Creek at Hillsboro Lake road, and Otis Redding at Jackson road because they are closed due to flooding.

They say public works has been out putting up signs to get folks to slow down.

There are also reports that a sinkhole has closed Smith Road in Monroe County. 

It is located around 100 yards north of Floyd Road, and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office asks everyone to take another route.

Upson County is also reporting the following road closures: 

  • Jones Road
  • McCrary Road
  • Dripping Rock Road 
  • Turner Lake Road 
  • Morgan Road 
  • Jeff Davis Road 
  • Old Alabama Road (middle section between Jeff Davis and Pickard)
  • E County Road (beside Potato Creek) 
  • E County Road (near Cobbtown Rd) at N Delray

Parts of Amerson River Park are closed due to flooding from the Ocmulgee River. Those areas include the boat launch, dirt trail, and others marked by barriers on site.

Remember, you should never try to drive across a flooded roadway. The water could hide the fact that the road is washed out underneath. 

Even if it’s not, just a few inches of water can float off a car. Drowning caused by people driving into flood waters is one of the leading causes of storm deaths in America.

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