Most of Georgia’s Fatalities From Flooding-Related Accidents
Nine people have been confirmed dead in flash floods that swept through much of north Georgia, including the metro Atlanta area. Most of these deaths occurred when cars were swept away.
After severe flooding on Monday, the Georgia Department of Transportation closed down several bridges, roads and highways across the state. Many of these have now been reopened, and the weather is expected to clear soon.Several roads across the state in Bartow, Douglas, Paulding, Catoosa, Walker and Dooly Counties were closed down, and these have since been reopened.Schools were closed on Tuesday in several school districts, including Atlanta, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Fulton.
Nine people have died in the flooding. At least one boy was apparently swept away on Monday afternoon while trying to rescue someone trapped in his Jeep. In Gwinnett, Douglas and Carroll Counties, at least 6 more people continue to be missing. Several people were trapped in their cars as the waters struck, sweeping the cars away. According to Governor Purdue, most of the victims were motorists or passengers in cars that were swept away by the raging currents. A man was swept off in Douglas County while in his car, and a woman from Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County was swept off as she was trying to drive through the waters.
Flood warnings over much of Metro Atlanta are still in effect, although meteorologists believe that the worst is over. As Atlanta personal injury lawyers, we encourage Atlantans and people in other affected areas to avoid driving through water-logged roads, and on bridges that could have been weakened by the constant force of water. The waters will take a couple of days to recede fully, and the possibility of further flooding hasn’t been completely ruled out yet.