Some roads, parks still closed after heavy rain
by Michelle Babcock
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The road at Glen Wilkie Trail collapsed because of a sinkhole this weekend and remains closed. Officials estimate the road will reopen in two to three weeks, once pipes are replaced and the road is fixed. <br>Special to the Tribune
The road at Glen Wilkie Trail collapsed because of a sinkhole this weekend and remains closed. Officials estimate the road will reopen in two to three weeks, once pipes are replaced and the road is fixed.
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As the water receded from the weekend’s torrential downpour, a road in north Cherokee remained closed because a huge sinkhole consumed half the width of the road by midday Monday.

A Woodstock park remained closed as well because of the flooding.

Glenn Wilkie Trail is closed between the 908 and 1155 addresses and Emergency Management Agency official Robby Westbrook said it “was completely washed out and will require major repairs before it can be reopened.”

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency official Tim Cavender said the hole continues to enlarge and urges people to stay away from the area as conditions are still deteriorating.

The sinkhole had widened to a 10-by-20-foot opening, director of Cherokee Roads and Bridges Cliff Harden said Monday afternoon.

Harden said it would be at least two to three weeks before the road reopens, and the pipes beneath the road will need to be removed and replaced before traffic could resume.

The roads and bridges department had set up flashing signs to detour drivers, Cavender said.

Gantt Road has reopened after a closure Sunday because of flash flooding.

“The water has gone down and the road was inspected and reopened by Cherokee County roads and bridges department (Monday) afternoon,” said Westbrook.

Old Rope Mill Park in Woodstock is closed until further notice because of the high level of Little River, which flows beside the park.

Preston Pooser, director of Woodstock Parks and Recreation, said the river level is “at the mercy of the Corps of Engineers.” Pooser said the level will remain high until the U.S. Army Corps is able to safely lower the water level of Lake Allatoona.

Pooser also said he was in contact with the Corps and that the river was being monitored multiple times daily.

Westbrook said Little River crested at 12 feet Sunday and had fallen to 6 feet by Monday night.

Heritage Park in Canton was also closed Monday until further notice because of flooding of the Etowah River. Westbrook said “minor flooding of mainly recreational areas occurred.”

“The Etowah River at Canton crested late (Sunday) night at 16½ feet,” said Westbrook. “Flood stage is 16 feet.”

By Tuesday afternoon, an EMA official said the level of Etowah River was just above 11 feet downstream of I-575. The National Weather Service reported a level of 9.46 feet at Canton about 4 p.m.

National Weather Service reported 2 to 4 inches of rainfall across north Georgia over the weekend.
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