Scenes such as this are popping up everywhere. The above video contains some aerial video of Six Flags over Georgia under water, from the record flooding in the Metro Atlanta area. Images I watched this morning on the Weather Channel showed portions of the well known wooden Scream Machine destroyed in parts, yet, according to reports, Six Flags plans to be open this weekend. Bring your nose plugs... It is sad what has happened to Six Flags, but that doesn't compare to the personal tragedy experienced all over the Metro Atlanta area.
Unfortunately, with some areas experiencing over 20" of rain in as little as 3 days, the saturated ground, creeks, streams and rivers were bound to overflow, and the result has been nothing short of devastating. So far, the lives lost in this historic flood event stand at 9, with many of those being caused by people driving into flood waters, which easily carry cars away when in a foot or more of water. Turn Around, Don't Drown™. It looks like the relief in rain yesterday has allowed some of the flood water to recede, but you can expect that as it moves down the river... and the forecast holds true that further problems will occur downstream. In fact, you see the impact of that as you move down the rivers. You see that the flood warnings move down the state in this graphical forecast. List of River Crests
Report from Weather Service about September 2009 flooding rain event
Maps of the current flood in Georgia and the forecast This last link takes you to the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service maps, which show two very depictive maps, one indicating the current flooding in Georgia and the other demonstrating the forecast flooding. You see clearly that the flood threat moves down the state as currently flood stricken areas' flood waters recede.
Reports are that some places in the Atlanta area have water up to their 2nd story... it's grim in places. Reports are widespread, and the recovery effort will be long and arduous. Locally, we know all too well how long-lasting the effects of flooding are, having just experienced a major flood back in April. God be with them.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009