Flooding causes schools to close in many NW GA counties

Severe flooding continues to be a problem in Northwest Georgia as many Northwest Georgia school systems have once again called off school for today. Paulding, Douglas, and Carroll Counties have all been hit the worst by the heavy rains with as much as 16 inches in around 72 hours. This rain and flooding has washed out roadways, caused mudslides, and caused water damage to buildings and vehicles, leaving hundreds stranded. Eastern Polk County wasn’t left out in the chaos as low lying areas of the Goodyear Village were filled with water. Also, the banks of Euharlee Creek have caused serious flooding to the Seaborn Jones Park and to sections of the Silver Comet Trail. However, it wasn’t just flooding that was making trouble in Chattooga County. According to reports from the Associated Press, crews are working furiously to shore up a levee along the Chattooga River that is in danger of failing. Chattooga County officials say the rising waters forced them to evacuate hundreds of residents of the town of Trion, which sits near the levee. Chattooga County Emergency Management Agency Director Lamar Canada says water is about a foot from the top of the levee and the river’s level is rising fast. Along with Paulding County, Douglas County, Carroll County, and Carrollton City school systems being closed today, the Paulding County government offices have also shut down for the day due to the impassable roads. Polk County Schools however will be open as usual again today. All of the listening area remains under a Flash Flood Watch all the way through tonight.