Polk close to flood­ing af­ter week­long rain­fall

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff re­ports

How will peo­ple in Polk County likely re­mem­ber the past days, and prob­a­bly the month of Fe­bru­ary? It’s been wet.

Mother Na­ture let loose the water­works for sev­eral days over the whole re­gion, prompt­ing flood watches and see­ing ar­eas around Euharlee Creek and Cedar Creek be­come tem­po­rary swamps. Base­ball fields were left empty at the high schools, ten­nis courts were drowned out for the whole week. No prac­tice was pos­si­ble on Big­gers Field, which ended up com­pletely un­der­wa­ter by week’s end.

As of last Fri­day when the pa­per was be­ing wrapped up, at least 7 inches of rain had come down, and more was ex­pected to add to the to­tal for the week.

Un­for­tu­nately, there’s the po­ten­tial for more rain on the way.

Dur­ing last week’s rain­fall, Cedar­town’s Pub­lic Works depart­ment did re­port a sewer spill due to the large amount of rain­fall. Some­where be­tween 6,000 and 8,000 gal­lons of sewage es­caped the sys­tem dur­ing lo­cal­ized flood­ing around Spruce Street, where one of the flood pumps sta­tions be­came over­whelmed by the amount of wa­ter.

They did take some mea­sures to clean up the area, but wet weather con­tin­ued through­out the week and wa­ters rose fur­ther. To the point where of­fi­cials in Cedar­town shut down a por­tion of Fur­nace Street that con­nects West Av­enue with Wissahickon Av­enue that be­came flooded by Big Spring.

City Man­ager Bill Fann said that flood­ing be­gan af­ter of­fi­cials took the steps to close flood gates that con­trol the flow of wa­ter into Cedar Creek from the spring, which sup­plies Cedar­town with wa­ter.

In Rock­mart, the flood­wa­ters rose in Se­aborn Jones Park as they usu­ally do, but hadn’t com­pletely in­un­dated the area as of Fri­day morn­ing last week.

Rain­fall was ex­pected to con­tinue through most of the week­end at press time, and clear up as the week be­gan.

How­ever the fore­cast as it stood at press time was not good over­all for Polk County to get rid of the ex­cess wa­ter. Po­ten­tial for ad­di­tional rain­fall to close out Fe­bru­ary starts to­day (Wed­nes­day for the print sub­scribers who get the pa­per on Tues­day) with some slight chances for mid­week show­ers to re­turn. (At the time and for­tu­nate for all the per­cent­age of po­ten­tial rain was 30 per­cent.)

The early week fore­cast did pro­vide some hope of sun­shine, and with tem­per­a­tures more in the spring-like range. At one point dur­ing the month, the ther­mome­ter in the area was well above 70 de­grees.

Check back on week­day morn­ings for up­dated fore­casts for Polk County from the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, and fin­gers crossed that ev­ery­one gets a chance to dry out.

/ Kevin Myrick

Rain­wa­ter sent the lev­els of Cedar Creek up last week as the Polk County area ex­pe­ri­enced days of stormy weather, which brought inches of rain­fall. The creek was near flood lev­els in sev­eral ar­eas of Cedar­town.

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