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Cornelia, Ga – While the heavy flooding that occurred over the weekend did cause some flooding and road damage we are happy to announce that areas of town that have traditionally flooded did not encounter any flooding as a result of the 10 plus inches of rain that we received over the weekend. This is attributed to the new infrastructure that has been installed in these areas since we began our Storm Water Program in 2017. These areas include Wayside Street, Galloway Street, Hoyt Street, and Old Cleveland Road.
Unfortunately, we have not been able to fix all the drainage problems, so we did still have significant flooding in some areas of the city. The city engineers have been in town since 8:00 this morning assessing damage throughout the city. The worst area was around the train tracks in downtown. As a result, our engineers have recommended that Irvin Street between Wells Street and Level Grove Road be closed because of concerns of the road collapsing. Water has undermined the road on both sides of the street just before Creekside Cleaners.
They have also recommended that Wells Street be closed between Moss Street and Irvin Street as well as Front Street between Main Street and Wells Street. Heavy flooding in this area has caused the road to collapse on the Front Street side of the railroad underpass.
The city plans to hire 2 separate contractors to make these repairs so that the roads can be opened back up as soon as possible. Unfortunately, because of the amount of damage the repairs are not simple fixes, so our engineers estimate the repairs for both areas to take up to 60 days.
We understand that this creates a major inconvenience for drivers, the decision to close any road is never made lightly. Please be patient and obey the traffic barricades, the roads are closed for your protection. A vehicle that ignored the barricades on Irvin Street this morning fell into the creek because of the damage to the road.
Stay tuned to the city’s website, www.corneliageorgia.org and social media for updates. If you have any questions or concerns please contact city hall at 706-778-8585.
Press Release Road Closure Flood Damage