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Conditions take toll on soggy area
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Water rises under the historic Poole's Mill Covered Bridge that crosses Settingdown Creek. The Forsyth County area has begun drying out after days of rain. - photo by Jim Dean

A Forsyth County park remained closed Wednesday morning following heavy rains Tuesday that flooded some roads and disrupted traffic.

Jodi Gardner, a county government spokeswoman, said Windermere Park in southeastern Forsyth would be evaluated throughout the day Wednesday.

Several roads were closed temporarily Tuesday and Nicholson Road, just north of Old Federal Road in northwest Forsyth County, remained closed until Wednesday morning.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said he was checking the Old Federal Road bridge at the Etowah River on Tuesday when he noticed water on Nicholson, which quickly turned to flooding.

"In a matter of about 10 minutes it had crested over the road and was covering up a portion of each lane," he said.

Shortly after that, Shivers said, the water had submerged the road.

Shivers said most roads in Forsyth are affected by rain, but quickly recover.

Nicholson, on the other hand, is more affected by rainfall in the mountains north of Forsyth, water that can take 12 to 16 hours to impact the area.

"That's why you'll see some roads here close before the Etowah/Nicholson area," he said. "Then these here will open long before Nicholson Road will open because you've got water working its way down the mountains."

Shivers said public safety agencies watched flood-prone areas Tuesday in an effort to close roads, if needed, before dangerous driving conditions developed.

According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, conditions are expected to dry up today with a 20 percent chance of rain Friday night.