Heavy Rains Flood Georgia, Kentucky and Indiana

ATLANTA, Sept. 21 (UPI) — Heavy rains in Georgia forced several schools to close, flooded highways and washed away a main line of the Norfolk Southern railroad, officials said.

Meanwhile, reports of flash flooding and stranded motorists were reported in Indiana and Kentucky as thunderstorms dumped 4 inches of rain in parts of Louisville and nearly 6 inches in parts of southern Indiana, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reported Monday.

In Georgia, where the National Weather Service said as much as 15 inches of rain fell since Friday, emergency workers were rescuing residents from high water before daybreak Monday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Besides flood warnings, weather forecasters issued a flood watch through Tuesday for all of north and central Georgia.

Power outages were reported in several Georgia counties. Roadway flooding forced several school districts to close for the day because some bus routes were impassable.

The interchange of Interstate 285 and Interstate 85 in DeKalb County near Atlanta was closed for about 45 minutes during the Monday morning rush hour, the Journal-Constitution said. Several miles away, a mud slide blocked two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane on U.S. 78.

Harrison and Clark counties in Indiana absorbed the brunt of storms that percolated Sunday, with Clarksville, Ind., recording 5.77 inches of rain, National Weather Service meteorologist Nathan Foster said.

Foster told the Louisville newspaper the problem was a weather pattern called “training thunderstorms,” where storms repeatedly pass over the same areas. He said the area was expected to be in the same pattern off and on throughout the week.

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