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Flood warning issued for South River, Yellow River
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The South River at the Oglesby Bridge - photo by Michelle Kim

A flood warning has been issued for the South River near Magnet, affecting Rockdale and Henry counties from Sunday afternoon until further notice from the National Weather Service at Peachtree City.

As of 2:15 p.m. Sunday the river was 20.8 feet and rising near Oglesby Bridge Road. Flooding occurs at 21 feet.

A flood warning had also been issued for the Yellow River below Milsead, affecting Rockdale and Newton counties from Sunday morning. The warnng is in effect until Monday morning. As of Sunday 6 p.m., the water level at Milstead was 10.9 feet and flood stage is considered 11 feet. The river is forecast to rise up to 11.4 feet.

If the river reaches 13.0 feet, flooding might occur in Newton County in the Riverside Estates travel and trailer park. Some trailers may need to be moved to higher ground



Rockdale 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.