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No serious flooding expected from heavy rainfall

Water levels in area rivers were high over the weekend due to heavy rainfall, but there was no significant flooding in Rockdale County and no roads or bridges were closed.  This photo shows the bridge spanning Big Haynes Creek at Gees Mill Road. Rockdale officials said there did not appear to be any damage to area bridges due to the higher water levels. Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Water levels in area rivers were high over the weekend due to heavy rainfall, but there was no significant flooding in Rockdale County and no roads or bridges were closed. This photo shows the bridge spanning Big Haynes Creek at Gees Mill Road. Rockdale officials said there did not appear to be any damage to area bridges due to the higher water levels. Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

CONYERS -- National Weather Service flood warnings continued Monday afternoon for the Yellow River below Milstead and the South River at Snapping Shoals, although Rockdale and Newton officials said it appeared that area rivers had crested and water levels would continue to fall.

At 11 a.m. Monday, the Yellow River was at 11.7 feet and steady, according to the NWS; flood stage is 11 feet and minor flooding was reported. The NWS said the Yellow River was expected to fall below flood stage Monday.

Rockdale Emergency Management Director Dan Morgan said heavy rainfall over the weekend led to minor flooding, "but we had no impact or evacuations to anybody's homes."

Morgan said bridges and roads were not significantly affected by the rainfall and that deputies had been dispatched overnight Sunday to check on bridge conditions in the Lake Capri and Sunrise Lakes areas.

"We sent eyeballs out to the bridges to make sure the water was not hitting the span of the bridge, only the columns of the bridge, because if it hits the span you have to close the bridge," Morgan said.

Although more rain was expected overnight Monday, Morgan said officials did not anticipate any serious impact in the area.

Deputy Director of Newton County Emergency/Risk Management Jody Nolan said Monday afternoon that Sockwell Road was flooded with 3 to 4 feet of water, covering some 300-400 feet of roadway.

"Of course it's barricaded and closed. We've been monitoring this pretty closely," he said. "It started to rise pretty rapidly last evening."

He said there was no flooding at Riverside Mobile Home Park, a spot that has historically been hard hit by rising waters.

"Riverside has done a very good job of keeping residents out of the flood-prone area. They've pretty much abandoned that part of the park," he said, adding that currently there are no expections of increased flooding from the Yellow River.

Nolan did note, however, that there is potential flooding ahead from the Alcovy River which normally crests anywhere from 48 to 72 hours after the Yellow River.

"We may experience some flooding on East End Road off Ga. Highway 36 and there's definitely going to be some flooding on private property in lower lying areas, but no significant roadway flooding is expected to occur other than what we've already experienced," he said.