Traffic makes its way through Atlanta as rain showers blanket the area on Friday morning. The Georgia Department of Transportation urged motorists to be cautious. (Photo by Phil Skinner)

Georgia DOT warns motorists amid heavy rains

The Georgia Department of Transportation urged motorists to be cautious as heavy rains made for treacherous driving across north Georgia.

GDOT reported no major effects from the rain except a flurry of accidents. Spokeswoman Natalie Dale said the rain increases the potential for flooded creeks and downed trees, which could block roads. 

“People need to be extremely cautious with travel,” Dale said. “People just need to be highly aware that there are poor road conditions and the likelihood of flooding and downed trees.” 

With many metro Atlanta residents off work for the holidays, GDOT reported few traffic problems early Friday afternoon (though an officer-involved shooting had shut down part of I-285 South past Camp Creek Parkway). That could change as more rain arrives later today and over the weekend.

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David Wickert
David Wickert
David Wickert writes about transportation issues for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously worked for newspapers in Washington state, Illinois...