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Posted: May 4, 2013 9:52 a.m.

Newton County under flood watch

Newton County is under a flood watch until Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

“Periods of rain will continue across north and central Georgia today through Sunday… with rainfall amounts of 3-4.5-inches and isolated higher amounts expected across north Georgia. The main area of concern for flooding will be north of a line from Franklin to Griffin to Athens where these rainfall amounts are expected to combine with wet antecedent conditions,” according to the National Weather Service.

A flood watch means that there is potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

According to the National Weather Service, the Yellow River in Newton County is projected to rise to 10.9 feet by 2 p.m. Monday.The Yellow River begins to flood when it reaches 11 feet, but the only area affected at that height is Sockwell Road, where it meets Mt. Tabor Road in Oxford. It's unclear why the flood watch is only through Sunday evening.

When the Yellow River reaches 13 feet, Riverside Estates Travel and Trailer Park also begins to experience minor flooding.

For more information on which areas along the Yellow River flood at different stages, visit this page of the National Weather Service's Peachtree City website.

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