JONESBORO — The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Statement on Monday morning and warned that saturated ground conditions could lead to further flooding and falling trees. As of press time Tuesday, the NWS said several waves of thunderstorms were expected through Thursday.
Saturday’s torrential downpour flooded townhomes and a heavily-trafficked area of Mt. Zion Boulevard in Morrow, but it also flushed nearly half a million gallons of wastewater out of the Clayton County Water Authority plant.
According to a state-mandated Wastewater Spill Report released by CCWA, the major spill was likely due to the system reaching capacity.
An estimated 442,250 gallons overflowed into the Flint River watershed. CCWA crews documented the start and end of the incident and will be inspecting lines upstream for any signs of damage or potential runoff areas that may have contributed to the spill.
The city of Morrow released a photo of flooding in the 1800 block of Mt. Zion Road next to the Taco Bell and TGI Friday’s restaurants. In addition, Meadowbrook was flooded near Duffey Park. Nearby, the News had seen water already out of the creek’s banks and up to the bottom of the bridge on Friday evening.
Residents of the Battlecreek Village Townhomes at 1174 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro dealt with several inches of water seeping into their homes and vehicles. Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services had to clear a nearby storm drain.