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Flooded roads, wrecks reported after heavy rainfall in Dawson, Forsyth counties
Jan. 4 2023 wreck
File photo.

Throughout the morning on Jan. 4, authorities have received multiple reports of flooded roads in Dawson and Forsyth counties.

Dawson and surrounding Georgia counties are under a flood watch until 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. 

As of 11:15 a.m., Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson said that while no public roads have yet been closed in the county, the private Dean Couch Road near Lake Lanier "is in bad shape and not recommended for passing through at the moment."

Earlier Wednesday morning, a serious crash in northern Forsyth County was reported after recent heavy rainfall.

In a statement released the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 4, officials with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a wreck at the intersection of Dahlonega Highway, also known as Ga. 9, and A.C. Smith Road.

A.C. Smith Road is a route Dawson and Forsyth-area residents frequently use to commute between the two counties. 

FCSO officials said the wreck involved a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle and shut down the intersection and the turn lane onto A.C. Smith Road. A female involved in the wreck was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with serious injuries, officials said.

The wreck is under investigation. That intersection has now been reopened, according to a 10:34 a.m. Facebook update from FCSO. 

A DCN reporter observed multiple wrecks while enroute to the Dawsonville office via Ga. 9.

DCN will update this story as more information becomes available. 

Note: Julia Hansen contributed Dawson-specific information to this story.