CANTON — Heavy rain pushed the Etowah River seven-feet out of its banks, and forced the temporary closure of at least one Canton business Friday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, the Etowah was at 24 feet and steady on Friday morning. Flood stage is 17 feet.

A total of 4.45 inches of rain fell in Ball Ground on Thursday, according to the University of Georgia, which has a weather station there. That was on top of nearly an inch recorded on Wednesday.

While there were several roads closed by flash flooding during the heaviest of the rainfall on Thursday, by Friday morning only Johnson Brady Road was partially closed — down to one lane — on Friday morning, according to the Cherokee County 911 Center.

In Canton, water blocked the road to The Mill on Etowah on Friday morning, preventing the opening of the popular The Cotton Mill Exchange home decor, arts and antiques store.

Access for construction workers converting the former denim mill off Railroad Street into a mixed-use destination weren’t affected and they continued their work Friday on the back side of the facility.

Local parks and trails also flooded on Thursday in several areas of Cherokee County.

The warm temperature that accompanied the heavy rains was replaced overnight Thursday by a temperature in the 30s as a cold front moved through. Light snow fell over several hours in various places in Cherokee County on Friday morning without any accumulation.

The Cherokee County weekend weather forecast is partly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of precipitation on Saturday with a high of 40 after a low of 28. The rain chance falls to 10 percent on Sunday with a low of 44 and a high of 57.

Cherokee County has received a total of 11.63 inches of rain so far this year, according to UGA.

Managing Editor

Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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