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Rains wreak havoc on roads

Several Pike County roads are closed today due to the heavy rains falling on already saturated ground over the past 24 hours. UPDATE: All roads are now open except for the Dripping Rock Road at the bridge over Elkins Creek. Among them are Old Zebulon (west of Cook’s Road), Bankston (between Vega and Maddox), Cooks, Hunter and Fossett near Roberts Quarters. The Dripping Rock Road bridge over Elkins Creek at the Upson County lines has been closed since Sunday. The Flint River, though elevated, has not breached its banks. The road department has had personnel on the roads to ensure they are passable. Crews placed additional gravel has been placed on some dirt roads for better traction. Sheriff’s deputies have been on the lookout for flooded areas and washed out roads. The rain is expected to continue through Monday, according the a National Weather Service forecaster. Approximately five inches of rain has fallen since yesterday. Zebulon resident George Norris reported his rain gauge measured 1.3 inches of rain yesterday and 2.8 inches today. Concord resident John Morrison said his gauge measured nearly five inches of rain since midnight. The Griffin office of the Georgia Forestry Commission reported over 10 inches of rain has fallen over the past four weeks. To report flooded roads, call 911.

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