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North Georgia Mountains under a flash flood warning

By Charles Duncan
North Georgia News

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Union County Fire Chief/Emergency Management Agency Director Charles Worden said.

Also, the National Weather Service reports that Blairsville has already received more than 3 inches of rain and is expected to receive 3 more inches before 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Chief Worden said.

Chief Worden urges motorists to avoid driving through water if it is across the entire roadway.
“Avoid areas prone to flooding,” Chief Worden said.

Meanwhile, Mother Nature has unleashed a storm system of heavy rains that has prompted North Georgia communities to reschedule their Fourth of July celebrations. Events in Union and Towns counties were no exception.

The Fireworks Celebration at Meeks Park has been rescheduled to Aug. 31st, Labor Day Weekend, Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Williams said.

“The Blairsville-Union County fireworks display originally scheduled for Thursday, July 4th has been cancelled due to predicted heavy rain,” Williams said. “We have rescheduled our fireworks display and the $1,000 raffle ticket drawing for the evening of Saturday, August 31st in celebration of Labor Day.”

In Suches, weather permitting, the Independence Day events will be held on Saturday, Jim Miner said.The Suches Fire Department will present their annual Independence Day fireworks celebration on the field behind the Woody Gap School. The Suches fireworks tradition will begin at dark, but, the festivities begin earlier, as the Suches community and visitors will gather around 6 p.m. for hot dogs, soft drinks and snacks. It's also a chance to greet friends, old and new, Miner said. Back again this year is the duck race in the creek that runs behind the school with the winning duck receiving a prize. This is part of the event sponsored by the Gaddistown Homemakers. Proceeds from the duck race go toward support for the Homemakers' local civic activities, Miner said.

In Hiawassee, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds General Manager Hilda Thomason said that the fireworks show is rescheduled for Saturday, July 6th at 9:45 p.m. “Sunday, July 7th at the same time is the rain date,” Thomason said. Also, the Towns County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Boat Parade in Hiawassee has been canceled due to inclement weather. No word on if the Boat Parade will be rescheduled.
No word yet on whether the annual Independence Day Boat Parade scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Lake Nottely Marina is still a go.

See the Towns County Herald for breaking news in Hiawassee and Young Harris, Georgia.





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