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Tuesday May 5th, 2015 6:29PM

Area roads returning to normal after deluge of rain

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
UNDATED - The pounding rain in the past 24 hours caused some road issues across the region, including some problems in Gainesville and Hall County.

"Those roads included Jesse Jewell Parkway in the area of West Academy Street, Dorsey Street, Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Limestone Parkway at Beverly. We received numerous calls as a result of the weather," Gainesville Police Corp. Kevin Holbrook said.

While the flooding has subsided, the latest lingering issue included a tree across the roadway.

"As of right now I do believe we have all roadways open. This (Tuesday) morning, we did have issues on Dixon Drive, as a result of a tree across the roadway. City crews were able to get quickly on scene and have that open," Holbrook said.

Meantime, Hall County officials reported three remaining closures Tuesday afternoon.

Workers closed the 4800 block of Willie Robinson Road to through traffic in the Chestatee area to repair a collapsed cross drain. They also closed Ben Lee Road in the north end of the county to repair a pipe failure.

Around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, authorities reported Lee Road, between Elrod Road and Grant Road, was closed to replace a pipe.

There's no word yet on a timeline for the repair completion at any of the roads.

In White County, at least two roads were closed Tuesday morning, but have since opened.

White County Road Department spokeswoman Rolann Smith said the wooden bridge on Charlie Thomas Road was covered with water at one point. There was also water across Danny Palmer Road, according to Smith.

Weather reporters in White County said there was significant rainfall in a number of areas in the county. Cleveland registered 7.64 inches (NWS/Dean Dyer), Helen measured 5.01 inches (NWS/Police Dept.) and Sautee recorded 6.90 inches (NWS Bill Kinsland). The largest amount of rain officially recorded in White County was 8.48 inches at Blackstock Vineyards (automated).

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