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Forecast: Soggy stretch ahead
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Forsyth County News


As March comes to a soggy close this week, authorities are reminding motorists to use caution.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said people should not try to drive over bodies of water on roads.

"We're always on the ready for those kind of responses," he said. "We have technical rescue teams and watercraft that are designed specifically for those rescue missions, but we would much rather never have to put them in place."

So far, that hasn't been an issue as the area's roads have remained free of flooding.

The soggy weather will only add to drenching rains produced by a strong storm system that dragged through Georgia over the weekend.

That system delivered fierce lightning and isolated, pounding rainfalls throughout the region.

Even though Forsyth stayed mostly dry Tuesday, skies were cloudy and temperatures remained cool.

Early in the week, at least, "there's nothing on the horizon right now that appears excessive," said Matt Sena, meteorologist at the weather bureau in Peachtree City, speaking of rainfall totals.

Just more of the same wet stuff.

Nearly 1 1/2 inches of rain fell between Saturday morning and early Sunday morning, when a booming storm woke up households.

More showers and thunderstorms followed Monday morning.

A storm system arriving Tuesday night "does have the potential to produce a bit more (rain) ... but it's a little too far out now to predict," Sena said.

"With the moist soils we have right now, any time a thunderstorm rolls through, people need to keep an eye on (conditions), especially the smaller creeks and streams, which will be reacting a lot quicker with the wet ground."

He advised people to keep an eye on the weather forecast.

Showers and thunderstorms, as well as mostly cloudy skies, are in the outlook through Friday.

The weekend outlook is shaping up nicely, with sunny skies and temperatures hitting the low 70s.

Recent rains are causing levels to rise at Lake Lanier, which stood at 1071.23 feet above sea level on Tuesday. The elevation had dropped to 1,070.49 feet Friday night.

Winter full pool is at 1,070 feet, a mark the lake has stayed above since Feb. 4, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The lake goes to summer full pool of 1,071 feet on May 1.

In the meantime, authorities will keep watch for possible flooding on roads.

"Fowler Road used to have a tendency to overflow where a creek runs underneath it, but that was fixed last year and it hasn't been an issue since," Shivers said.

"The only trouble spot I guess you would say that we occasionally have to monitor is the Old Federal location, where the bridge crosses Old Federal Road and Nicholson Road."

Shivers said what happens at Old Federal depends on rainfall north of Forsyth. He also said it's important to watch for debris fields, which can build up over Old Federal and Nicholson.

Jeff Gill of the FCN regional staff contributed to this report.