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.