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Soggy start to week
Rains return, may stay for a while
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The rain, which swamped some stands like this one, canceled the Cumming fair Monday. - photo by Jim Dean
The weather forecast calls for more rain Wednesday, and if it’s anything like the beginning of the week, motorists should be cautious.

Heavy rains Monday flooded and closed several Forsyth County roads, though all had reopened by 6:15 p.m.

The weather also disrupted the Cumming Country Fair & Festival, which was closed for the day.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said there were no injuries and no damage was reported.

He said a sinkhole on private property in the Saint Marlo subdivision overflowed for the second time in less than a month.

“Today just exacerbated the issue,” said Shivers, referring to heavy rains in mid-September.

Part of Shiloh Road near McFarland Parkway was closed Monday because of the sinkhole.

Part of Fowler and Settingdown roads were also closed for a time, as was the southbound side of Market Place Boulevard between Buford Dam and Mary Alice Park roads.

Shivers said heavy rain is expected Wednesday afternoon.

“Fire and law enforcement will be on alert watching for flooding roadways and trying to [stop] traffic before citizens can endanger themselves,” he said.

Shivers said drivers should not cross roads that are covered with water.

“The phrase, ‘Turn around don’t drown,’ we take that very seriously,” he said. “If you’re not familiar with the road, if it looks like there’s more than just a small bit of water crossing it, please do not attempt to cross that area. The water may be deeper than it looks and is most likely flowing with a tremendous amount of force.”

He also advised against trying to walk across water on a road in an attempt to gauge its depth.

In an incident not related to the weather, the fire department’s hazardous materials team was called out to Ga. 400 and Hwy. 369 after a truck spilled about 50 gallons of diesel fuel.

State Department of Transportation workers also responded to the spill.

Truck driver Ronnie Flener said he was en route to Gainesville from Dalton on Hwy. 369 with a load of marble dust.

“I started coming through the intersection and when I went into second gear, it broke the drive shaft,” he said.

Flenor said he managed to get the truck through the intersection and called for a tow truck.

As his truck was being lifted, the drive shaft ruptured his fuel line.

“It jumped up and snapped my line,” he said.

The incident slowed traffic while workers spread dirt and used absorbent towels on the spill. No injuries were reported.