The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has extended the
* Flash Flood Warning for...
Butts County in central Georgia...
Southern Henry County in north central Georgia...
Northeastern Lamar County in west central Georgia...
Spalding County in west central Georgia...
* Until 845 AM EDT.
* At 622 AM EDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain across the warned area. Between 4 and 6 inches of rain
have fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are
possible in the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected
to begin shortly.
HAZARD...Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms.
IMPACT...Flash flooding of small creeks and streams, urban
areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as
other poor drainage and low-lying areas.
* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include...
Griffin, McDonough, Jackson, Hampton, Locust Grove, Jenkinsburg,
Orchard Hill, Sunny Side, East Griffin, Walker Mill, Luella,
McKibben, Towalaga, Blacksville, Chappel Mill, Ola, Experiment,
Highland Mills, Fincherville and Worthville.
Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.
Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the
dangers of flooding.
FLASH FLOOD...RADAR INDICATED
...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON...
* WHAT...Flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall continues to be
* WHERE...Portions of central Georgia, east central Georgia, north
central Georgia, northeast Georgia and west central Georgia,
including the following counties, in central Georgia, Baldwin,
Bibb, Butts, Crawford, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Monroe, Peach,
Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson. In east central Georgia, Glascock,
Greene, Hancock, Jefferson, Johnson, Taliaferro, Warren,
Washington and Wilkes. In north central Georgia, Clayton, Fayette,
Henry, Morgan, Newton, Rockdale and Walton. In northeast Georgia,
Clarke, Oconee and Oglethorpe. In west central Georgia,
Chattahoochee, Coweta, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Macon, Marion,
Meriwether, Muscogee, Pike, Schley, Spalding, Talbot, Taylor,
Troup and Upson.
* WHEN...Through this afternoon.
* IMPACTS...Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers,
creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.
Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas. Extensive
street flooding and flooding of creeks and rivers are possible.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...
- A frontal boundary will be the focus for additional waves of
showers and thunderstorms across north and central Georgia
through early Monday morning. Additional rainfall totals of 1
to 3 inches are expected, with locally higher amounts over 3
inches possible. These amounts will occur on top of
widespread heavy rainfall that has already fallen.
You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.
ATLANTA — A state Senate committee Thursday widened the scope of a bill that would prohibit local governments from imposing moratoriums on the building of housing for longer than 180 days.
As passed by the state House earlier this month, the bill only barred such local government moratoriums on single-family housing. On Thursday, the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee approved an amendment broadening the bill to include all housing.
Sponsored by Rep. Dale Washburn, R-Macon, the bill also would prohibit local governments from continually renewing moratoriums and instead require a 180-day break between such moratoriums.
The bill provides some exceptions to the bar on lengthy moratoriums, such as in the case of natural disasters or other emergencies.
The bill would also let local governments extend moratoriums if they need more than 180 days to allow for the completion of studies on topics such as land use or infrastructure, whether those studies are completed in house or by third-party contractors.
Local governments would be allowed to waive impact fees for housing that is smaller than 2,500 square feet in order to incentivize construction. Local governments sometimes impose impact fees to cover the infrastructure costs of new housing developments.
The bill has drawn the support of a newly formed housing coalition made up of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Home Builders Association of Georgia, the Georgia Association of Realtors and Habitat for Humanity.
“We think it’s a small, modest step in the right direction,” said Austin Hackney of the Home Builders Association of Georgia. “Unfortunately, some local governments are using those development moratoriums to put a hard stop on new housing, in their local area, in a blanket manner.”
The bill now moves to the Senate Rules Committee to schedule a vote of the full Senate.
On Sunday, it was time for our clocks to "spring forward," lessening the night's sleep by one hour. While it may not seem too significant, Daylight Saving Time can definitely throw everyone for a loop. How do you handle it?
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