Few problems on local roads, little rain but more to come

Matt Hamilton/Daily Citizen-News

Dalton High School student Isaac Garcia, 17, clears away water at the Dalton Skate Park as his friend Rey Avila, 14, who attends Coahulla Creek High School, skateboard on Tuesday. All local school systems cancelled classes Tuesday because of concern about flooding and unsafe roads.

DALTON, Ga. — Local officials reported very little flooding and few problems because of rain Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Dalton Fire Chief Todd Pangle, Whitfield County Fire Chief Edward O'Brien and Murray County Fire Chief Dewayne Bain all said their departments had not been called on to perform any rescues of people stranded in water.

There was also very little flooding of streets.

"City public works has not received any reports of flooding or high water during the overnight event," said Dalton Public Works Department Director Andrew Parker Tuesday morning. "We have not been dispatched to place any high water signs or barricades on any city streets. All city streets remain clear and open for public travel at this time."

Parker said there was actually little rain in the city overnight.

"Since early (Monday) morning when the rain event began, Public Works' rain gauge reports 2.28 inches of total rainfall," he said." Approximately 0.5 inches of that total was received after midnight during the overnight hours."

Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency Director Claude Craig said there were no major issues with roads flooding.

"There were certain places and certain times where there was some flash flooding and water on the roads. But we never closed any roads," Craig said. "We might have barricaded it temporarily until the water receded. But there were no major problems."

Craig said the areas of temporary flash flooding were across the county and not in any one area.

Bain, who is also Murray County's Emergency Management agency director, said there were a few areas that had water over the road.

"There was standing water here and there," he said.

But there was nothing serious enough to close a road, he added.

Dalton Public Schools, Whitfield County Schools and Murray County Schools closed Tuesday in anticipation of flooding and unsafe roads..

Dalton Public Schools reached the decision to call off school Monday night, and staff, students and families were notified that evening, said Superintendent Tim Scott.

"It was a long process we went through," but the choice was made due to the threat of flooding and hazardous road conditions, according to Scott.

Tuesday was a Digital Learning Day, and information for students was posted on school websites, he added.

"We met with the principals, and everyone knows what to do," Scott said.

In addition to canceling classes, Murray County Schools moved Superintendent Steve Loughridge's State of the Schools address scheduled from Tuesday evening to Thursday night.

Rain is forecast to continue today and Thursday before clearing on Friday. The area could get up to 1 inch of rain today, according to the National Weather Service.

Staff writer Ryan Anderson contributed to this article.

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