A cold front could dump another 1 to 2 inches of rain on Cherokee County Wednesday night and Thursday, creating more flooding issues, according to the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency.
"A cold front will push through Georgia tonight through Thursday. This front will bring another round of locally heavy rainfall to much of north Georgia," the National Weather Service said in an advisory Wednesday morning. "Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches will be likely, with locally higher amounts possible. Soils remain saturated and several rivers, creeks and streams remain near or in flood, so any additional rainfall will only create run off and exacerbate ongoing flooding conditions."
The Etowah River was at 21.7 feet and falling on Wednesday morning. Flood stage is 17 feet. Last Friday the river pushed 7 feet over flood stage, temporarily blocking access to The Mill on Etowah shopping center in Canton.
On Wednesday afternoon, Old Federal Road on the Forsyth County side was closed by flood waters, officials said.
Cherokee County has seen 15.6 inches of rain since Jan. 1, including 8.4 inches this month, according to the University of Georgia, which operates a weather station in Ball Ground.
Local law enforcement agencies have had to respond to an number of traffic crashes related to the rainy weather over the past two weeks and leaders urged drivers to use extra caution.
The weather service forecast calls for a break from precipitation on Friday and through the weekend. Current weather, alerts, radar images and forecasts are always available at the top of our home page tribuneledgernews.com