Rivers and creeks rise to flood level
by Michelle Babcock
December 24, 2013 09:45 PM | 1403 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The main entrance to Heritage Park in Canton behind the Canton YMCA is blocked off to keep visitors from using the facility on Monday. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
The main entrance to Heritage Park in Canton behind the Canton YMCA is blocked off to keep visitors from using the facility on Monday.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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The Etowah River and its tributaries rose to minor flood levels on Sunday and Monday, after a weekend of heavy rainfall across the county.

Renee Cornelison, deputy director of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management, said Tuesday that rivers and creeks had stopped rising.

“All river gauge readings on the Etowah River in Cherokee County are now going down and will continue to do so,” Cornelison said Tuesday. “There are no active flood warnings in effect for Cherokee County at this time.”

Cornelison said no roads in the county closed, but parks were impacted by the flood waters.

“Noonday Creek came out of its banks Sunday,” Cornelison said Monday. “It did not flood any roads, just fields. Also, a flood warning was issued at 12:04 a.m. Monday for Little River near Woodstock, but that was canceled at 10:08 a.m.”

Cornelison said the Etowah River rose throughout the day Monday, and a flood warning remained in effect until late Monday night.

“Heritage Park in Canton flooded,” Cornelison said. “Around 10 a.m. Monday, water had not yet reached the roadway going through Boling Park, but some of the field had begun to flood.”

Heritage and Boling parks in Canton were closed Monday because of the flooding, the Canton Police Department said.

Olde Rope Mill Park in Woodstock remained closed on Monday because of flooding, according to the city of Woodstock, but Woofstock Park and Dupree Park were reopened.

Director of Woodstock Parks and Recreation Preston Pooser said there was no damage to the park, but it remained closed until Tuesday.

“With concern for public safety, Rope Mill Park will remain closed Monday with waters still rising, and swift-moving water expected due to typical run-off,” Pooser stated in update to the city on Monday.

The Etowah River near east Canton experienced the highest water levels in the county, reaching a moderate flood level of 23.01 feet just before 1 p.m. Monday, National Weather Service reports stated.

The east Canton water gauge on Etowah River, located just south of Riverstone Parkway at Interstate 575, reaches minor flood stage at 17 feet, and moderate flood stage at 23 feet.

The Etowah River fell below flood stage on Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported, and no more rain is forecast until next week.

“Rain is not in the forecast through next Monday,” Cornelison confirmed.

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