Blue Ridge, Ga. – The rains have moved into our area and aren’t expected to move out any time soon.
With the roadways flooding, Fannin County Schools released an announcement earlier today that all schools in the district would be dismissed two hours early, with student drivers being dismissed at 11:00 a.m.
Fannin County EMA/EMS Director Robert Graham is monitoring the situation closely, and told FYN that there are already road closures in our area and many roads with standing water.
Among the road closures are Silver Fox Trail in the Dial area, Wright Mill Road, and Humprey Mill on the Salem Road end. This is not a complete list as there are many secondary roads in the county that have become impassable.
Graham stated that there is a risk for more road closures as the rain continues through the evening and night and urges drivers to use caution.
“If you are questioning if the water is too high to drive through, it would be better to not try,” Graham stated and referenced the National Weather Service slogan, “Turn around. Don’t Drown.”
With the heavy rains also comes the risk of downed trees. Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation (BRMEMC) posted a warning to Facebook stating, “This rain fall will make already saturated ground worse. In these conditions power outages can occur.”
Much like Graham, BRMEMC urges citizens to just use caution: “Please exercise caution out on the roads and stay away from any downed trees or poles.”
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