3 to 6 Inches of Rain Causes Flood Stage to be Reached on Big Creek River

With between 3 to 6 inches of rain in the area, flood stage was reached late last night on Big Creek.  As the Big Creek Greenway is built along Big Creek, it is mostly in the flood plain of the river.  When the flood stage of 7 feet is reached, some parts of the trail become unusable and can be dangerous.  We would advise staying off of the greenway until levels have returned to normal.

As of this morning, river level was at 8.3 feet and is expected to crest around 10 feet sometime Monday afternoon.  We will keep you posted on the status of the river.

River Flood Warning issued by National Weather Service:

… FLOOD WARNING EXTENDED UNTIL LATE TUESDAY NIGHT… THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE BIG CREEK NEAR ALPHARETTA * UNTIL LATE TUESDAY NIGHT. * AT 3 AM MONDAY THE STAGE WAS 8.3 FEET AND RISING. * MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FLOOD STAGE IS 7.0 FEET. * THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 9.9 FEET BY THIS AFTERNOON. THE RIVER WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE TOMORROW EVENING. * AT 10.0 FEET… MODERATE FLOODING BEGINS. FLOODING OF YARDS BEGINS ALONG THE REACH OF CREEK BETWEEN CUMMING IN FORSYTH COUNTY THROUGH ALPHARETTA AND ROSWELL IN NORTH FULTON COUNTY. ADDITIONAL FLOODING IS COMMON ALONG OLD FEDERAL ROAD AND NICHOLSON ROAD NEAR THE ETOWAH RIVER IN WESTERN FORSYTH COUNTY.

Jeff has lived in the North Atlanta Metro Area for most of his life. Growing up in Lilburn, GA, he has been a fan of hiking, biking, and boating since he was little. Now he lives with his wife and two sons in Cumming, GA. He walks the Forsyth Big Creek Greenway regularly and bikes it occasionally.

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