Despite two days of rain, Tim Herrington, deputy director of the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency, said that the National Weather Service is not predicting any of the rivers to overflow their banks.
“We don’t have any significant problems at this point … and we don’t see any major problems coming up,” Herrington said.
Floyd County received 1.37 inches of rain on Tuesday, according to the gauge at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport.
The largest threat of flooding on Tuesday afternoon was Armuchee Creek as the NWS issued a flood warning for the Oostanaula River tributary.
Armuchee Creek was at 19.79 feet near Old Dalton Road on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and the flood stage is 19 feet. The NWS predicts that the creek will crest tonight at between 20-21 feet.
“That is still a minor flood stage,” Herrington said. “We’ll monitor the area as well as public works but it should not affect roadways at all.”
He said most of the land along Armuchee Creek is mostly pastures and the flooding would create standing water near the banks but nothing that should do any damage to homes or roads.
“Basically, it’s just our normal weather pattern for this time of year,” he said. “It’s a good thing because we need the rain.”
Rome Water and Sewer officials took some precautions Tuesday night as they closed the levee gate on Second Avenue across from Barron Stadium.
Herrington said that the city closes the gate when river levels near Heritage Park reach 19 feet. He said that the levels reached 18.5 feet Tuesday.
He said that city water department workers will be out monitoring the river levels all night but they don’t expect any issues.
Herrington said they also closed the levee gate on the Oostanaula near Avenue A.
Of the three rivers in Floyd County, the Oostanaula was the only one that was in danger of reaching any sort of measurable stage.
Herrington said the Oostanaula was rising Tuesday evening and expected to reach bankfull stage and crest at the Turner McCall Boulevard bridge sometime this morning, according to the NWS. Bankfull, or action, stage at that location is 19 feet.
The level was recorded at 19.79 feet on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the downtown location where the flood stage is 25 feet.
Further upstream in North Rome, the river was measured at about 23 feet deep, but the flood stage there is 30 feet.
“There are a lot of creeks, ponds and draining ditches that have been filling up and making their way to the river as well as tributaries in the surrounding counties,” Herrington said.
Both the Etowah and Coosa rivers are “in pretty good shape,” according to Herrington.
The Etowah was measuring at 17.91 feet at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds Tuesday night where the flood stage was 32 feet. The Coosa near Mayo’s Lock and Dam was at 20.72 feet.
Both the public works division and public safety personnel will keep a check on any roads that might flood.
“If you live in low-lying areas we always suggest that you take precautions,” Herrington said. “But if we do have any issues it will be ponding on some of the roads.”
There is a chance of an additional tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain today, mainly before 10 a.m., with fog possibly sticking around into the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with a high of about 50.
More rain will move in late tonight as temperatures drop to a low of 37.
Thursday will see a 100 percent chance of rain possibly mixed with snow and a high of about 43 followed by a slight chance of rain and snow Thursday night with a low near 30.
There is expected to be little to no accumulation except in high elevations.
The sun is finally expected to make an appearance on Friday with a high near 52.