published Monday, January 14th, 2013

Heavy rains close roads in Chattanooga area; Catoosa, Chickamauga delay school openings

Heavy rains and flooding has caused some road closures in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas this evening.

There are three roads closed in or around the city, including Davidson Road, Camp Jordan Parkway and Grubb Road at Old Hixson Pike, according to Chattanooga police dispatchers. Soddy-Daisy has high water citywide, but so far, no roads have been closed there.

Polk County, Tenn., has a lot of standing water that is expected to start flooding roads later tonight, according to dispatchers. Areas to watch are the Ocoee area near U.S. Highway 411 and state Highway 30 near Greasy Creek.

In Georgia, water has covered the 200-block of Kay Conley Road near Beaumont Road in Walker County, and there is some flooding on Hickory Flats Road in Whitfield County, dispatchers said.

Catoosa County School are delaying the opening of schools by two hours because of high water. Chickamauga City Schools delayed opening until 9:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Hamilton and Catoosa counties until late Tuesday night. The service reported that over an inch and a half of rain had fallen in the area since Sunday evening and anticipated another inch or two by Wednesday morning. This in turn could be expected to produce minor flooding on South Chickamauga Creek.

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