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Heavy rainfall floods Helen, causes issues along Lanier
Bottoms Road in White County was closed May 30, 2018, due to flooding after heavy rains fell across the area. Photo courtesy David Murphy, director of public safety for White County. - photo by FCN regional staff

HELEN — Forecasters say heavy rain caused the Chattahoochee River to flood in Helen.

The National Weather Service said up to 7 inches of rain caused flooding to creeks and rivers in the city about 30 miles north of Gainesville. The weather service has issued a flash flood warning for White and Towns counties into the evening.

Several roads near the downtown area were shut down because of the rising water, which was about knee height.

No injuries or structural damage have been reported.

Helen Police said emergency officials are monitoring the water levels.

Water that had crested the Chattahoochee River, which flows through downtown Helen, had receded into its banks by Wednesday afternoon, White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said.

However, “it’s still very dangerous to be around,” he said. “We’re asking people to stay off the creek banks, off the river bank and just stay safe by keeping their distance.”

Motorists who come across a flooded road “need to turn around and go the opposite direction,” Murphy said. “You don’t know what’s beneath the water.”