Flooding across Cherokee County
August 07, 2013 04:55 PM | 3385 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
4:55 UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Etowah River near east Canton until further notice and for urban areas and small streams in Cherokee County until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

At 2:45 p.m., the river was at 16.5 feet and rising rapidly, and the flood stage is 17 feet, the weather service said.

The Etowah is forecast to rise to near 19 feet by midnight. The river will fall below flood stage on Thursday morning, the weather service said..

At 20 feet minor flooding continues to expand in the woodlands and fields along the river generally east of Canton near the

Interstate 575 bridge. A rock landing and grassy lot behind a pump station off of Riverstone Parkway and areas behind the businesses on Old Ball Ground Highway and Keith Drive are flooded with up to two feet of water, the weather service said.

1:15 p.m. UPDATE:

“Schools that may have affected routes are Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy, Creekland Middle School, Creekview High School and Free Home Elementary School.  Even if a student doesn’t live on an affected road, their arrival home still may be delayed because of the longer detour routes,” Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said.

 The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management said that multiple locations on Conns Creek Road are closed because of flash flooding and downed trees, and Sperin Road at Conns Creek Road is experiencing flash flooding.”

A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 2:45 pm EDT for Forsyth, Dawson and Eastern Cherokee counties.
Several roads are flooding rapidly in northeast Cherokee County. At 10:45 am EDT, National Weather Service Doppler radar continued to show a cluster of thunderstorms with heavy rain which is likely causing flash flooding on numerous creeks and streams in the warned area. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches have occurred from near Ball Ground to Dawsonville and Dougherty to coal Mountain. Isolated rainfall estimates of 10 inches have occurred in the northeast corner of Cherokee County near Nelson with another inch or two possible.
Flood waters are moving down long swamp Creek, Settingdown Creek, Cane Creek and the Etowah River at this time. Public reports of flooded roads in northeast Cherokee County are being received.

The flash flooding and downed trees that have led to road closures in the Ball Ground and Free Home areas may impact Cherokee County School District bus transportation today. Afternoon bus routes throughout the northeast area may be affected, school officials said, and detour routes will be used to transport students home safely if needed. 
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