published Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Chattanooga: Heavy rain has a number of area creeks running high

by Andy Johns
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    Motorists commute to work on Highway 27 as steady rains hit the Chattanooga area today.
    Staff Photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Since 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Chattanooga has received 2.18 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service, forcing at least one area creek into flood stage.

One of the most swollen creeks in the area this morning is Lookout Creek in Dade County, which went over flood stage at 8:45 a.m. Emergency officials said they have closed Sells Lane around the creek in the Piney community. A 911 dispatcher said she expects to have to close several more as the creek rises.

The U.S. Geological Survey meter on Lookout Creek near New England was at 12.34 feet around 8:30 a.m. Flood stage at the meter is 12 feet.

Elsewhere in Northwest Georgia, the USGS said the Chattooga River near Trion as “much above normal,” while meters on the Conasauga, Coosawattee and Oostanaula Rivers are all reporting “above normal” flows.

In Southeast Tennessee, the Sequatchie River in Whitwell and the Elk River in Pelham are listed as much above normal.

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

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