I-285 West in Dunwoody reopens after extreme flooding

Parts of I-285 West in Dunwoody were closed due to extreme flooding Tuesday evening.

Credit: Dunwoody Police Department

Credit: Dunwoody Police Department

Parts of I-285 West in Dunwoody were closed due to extreme flooding Tuesday evening.

Flooding in Dunwoody caused parts of I-285 West to briefly close Tuesday evening.

All westbound lanes near Ashford Dunwoody Road reopened around 9:45 p.m., just over an hour after parts of the Perimeter shut down. Police said the drains on I-285 were cleared and the standing water receded.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, westbound traffic was at a standstill while eastbound lanes remained open. Though traffic in the area began to move smoothly fairly quickly, that was not the case for all parts of metro Atlanta.

Four lanes on I-75 South between I-285 and Windy Hill Road in Cobb County were shut down for hours due to flooding. In Duluth, Buford Highway just south of Ga. 120 also closed, and police said at least two cars were stranded in the water.

🚧 Road closure alert! 🌊 Flooding on Buford Hwy near Dunkin Donuts, south of GA 120. Two cars stranded. Stay safe and find an alternate route! #ATLtraffic

Posted by Duluth Police Department on Tuesday, August 29, 2023

A flash flood warning for parts of DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Forsyth, Douglas, Carroll and Paulding counties was in place until 4 a.m. Wednesday. By about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, between 3 to 5 inches of rain had fallen, the National Weather Service announced.

According to the NWS, heavy rainfall and flash flooding remained the primary concern Tuesday evening, while a few storms produced strong wind gusts.

Storms in North and Middle Georgia passed as the state braced for Hurricane Idalia, which made landfall Wednesday morning on Florida’s west coast as a Category 3 hurricane before weakening and moving into South Georgia.

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