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Weather Service Issues Flood Warning for Big Creek

By Sunday morning the trail will have one to two feet of water in some areas.

The banks of Big Creek in Alpharetta have overflowed from the heavy rainfall last night and this morning. The flooding will get even worse on the Greenway until it tops 8 feet on Sunday morning. Credit: Patch
The banks of Big Creek in Alpharetta have overflowed from the heavy rainfall last night and this morning. The flooding will get even worse on the Greenway until it tops 8 feet on Sunday morning. Credit: Patch

Big Creek in Alpharetta is under a flood warning and the stream already has reached a minor flood stage after rising past 7 feet.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a flood warning until Monday afternoon.

The Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency joined in the warnings by echoing the flash flood warning for the area that's in effect until 3:15 p.m. today, Jan. 11. The flood warning for Big Creek is in effect until 11 a.m. Monday.

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Big Creek at Kimball Bridge was measured at 7.1 feet and rising at 11:45 a.m. It is expected to peak at 8.2 feet at 7 a.m. on Sunday. It won't drop below 7 feet until Monday afternoon.

The creek is expected to remain in its natural flood plain. However, the Big Creek Greenway walking and bike path will experience flooding.

No more rain is expected this weekend, though residents will have to deal with wind gusts of up to 25 mph.

At 7 feet, flood stage is reached. Minor flooding of woodlands and fields begin along the creek between Cumming in Forsyth County to Alpharetta and Roswell in North Fulton County. Flooding starts to effect portions of The Big Creek Greenway near Alpharetta and some portions may become closed with around one foot of water, especially upstream and downstream from the gage on Kimball Bridge Road and near Rock Hill Park. Portions of the YMCA Campground off Preston Ridge Road will begin to flood.

At 8 feet, minor flooding expands further into the woodlands and fields along the creek from near Cumming in south Forsyth County to Alpharetta and Roswell in north Fulton County. Additional portions of The Big Creek Greenway have minor flooding with 1 to 2 feet of water. Most of the walking and biking paths will be closed, especially upstream and downstream from the stream gauge on Kimball Bridge Road and near Rock Hill Park. Portions of the YMCA Campground off Preston Ridge Road will flood.

 

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