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Wind, rain cause 'inconveniences'
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Forsyth County News


* Rain keeps corps from reducing lake level

A one-two punch of heavy rain and wind made for a few problems Wednesday in Forsyth County.

The Big Creek Greenway closed due to flooding, as did Nicholson Road, both of which reopened Thursday morning, authorities said.

The Forsyth County area received 2.41 inches of rain on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City.

The rain was followed Wednesday by strong wind gusts, which toppled several trees and power lines, causing outages and temporarily closing parts of some roads.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said most incidents were reported between noon and 4 p.m. Wednesday, with none overnight.

"There was nothing causing any major damage, but there were some inconveniences to the public," Shivers said.

Among the inconveniences were some traffic lights, including the one at Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Peachtree Parkway, which were affected for a short time.

Wind gusts of 25 to 30 mph, in combination with the saturated ground, brought down trees and power lines, said Blake House, spokesman for Sawnee EMC.

Service was disrupted at about 5,000 locations, most of which were in the Johns Creek area, House said.

"It was a pretty busy day," he said, "But all of the outages were pretty short-lived."

Service was restored to all affected Sawnee customers by day's end.