Driver rescued after SUV ends up in creek off Marietta Road in NW Atlanta

ATLANTA - A driver had to be rescued Monday morning after an SUV fell into a creek near the 2000 block of Marietta Road NW in northwest Atlanta.


North Georgia typically gets about 4-and-a-half inches of rainfall during the entire month of February, but after Monday’s relentless rains some communities got a month’s supply in less than 24 hours

Throughout the day, metro Atlanta drivers trudged through rising waters on the roadways – dodging puddles that quickly turned into paved ponds.

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The driver of a Nissan Xterra found this morning’s wet roads on Atlanta’s Westside to be no match for their 4-wheels when the silver SUV left the road and careened off the embankment into a pond. The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Those who live and work in west Roswell were encouraged to find another way home Monday afternoon. Around 2 p.m., crews shut down a portion of Highway 92 near Mansell Road as floodwaters overtook multiple lanes of traffic.

FOX 5 Atlanta meteorologist Jonathan Stacey was told recent drainage issues along that stretch of the highway have made this nuisance more of a common occurrence. With another round of rain rolling in, this normally busy road likely won't reopen before the evening drive.

Ponding water wasn’t the main culprit hindering drivers. As FOX 5 Atlanta's cameras were rolling, a tree fell to the ground on Macon Drive in southeast Atlanta.

Neighborhoods south of Atlanta are taking the brunt of this two-day February deluge from the Alabama-Georgia state line and eastward into Lake Country. Rainfall amounts have surpassed 5-inches.

These photos show flooding waters sweeping across Dallas Mill Road near Big Springs Creek in LaGrange.

In Upson County, floodwaters from the nearby farm lands along West Moore’s Crossing Road teased the roadway.

But for Josh Hunter, Monday’s flooding waters in Monroe got too close for comfort. He told FOX 5 each round of rain has the water creeping closer to his house.

In the dark, it will be even more difficult to judge the rain-soaked roadways. Be sure to take it slow, as it only takes a tenth of an inch of standing water to cause a car going 50 mph to hydroplane.