The National Weather Service has announced a series flash flood warnings for all of Dawson County as torrential rainstorms continue to drench the North Georgia area.
According to a press release from Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services, the flash flood warning for the Etowah River in Dawson County will continue until Friday, Feb. 7.
Forecasts predict that heavy rainfall will continue into the evening and may cause flooding of local streams and rivers.
Authorities say that all local residents should be aware of the rising water levels and be prepared to evacuate if needed.
"All persons with interests along the river should monitor the latest forecasts...and be prepared to take necessary precautions to protect life and property," Dawson County officials said in a Facebook post on Thursday morning.
Officials also report that the following Dawson County roadways have been cleared of prior obstructions and are passable at this time:
- Kilough Church Road
- Harry Sosebee Road
- Jack Heard Road
- Hwy. 136/Gold Creek Drive
- Amicalola Church Road
- Flat Creek Drive
- Hugh Stowers Road and the Etowah River Bridge
- Odum Chumley and Lumpkin Campground Road
- Thompson Road
Even with those passable roadways, officials say that all drivers should proceed with extreme caution, drive slowly, and use headlights while out on the roads today.