Forest Service to close sites for visitor safety in advance of Hurricane Irma

Forest Service to close sites for visitor safety in advance of Hurricane Irma
GAINESVILLE (September 10, 2017) — The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is closing several low-lying recreation sites effective Monday, September 11. The sites will remain closed until Hurricane Irma passes, storm damage can be assessed and sites are safe for visitors. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of the Chattahoochee National Forest, and parts of the Oconee National Forest are currently under a Tropical Storm Warning.
Chattooga River Ranger District:
Conasauga Ranger District:
Oconee Ranger District:
Our highest priority is visitor safety. High winds and flooding are predicted for Mondaymorning through Tuesday. Remember, your safety is your responsibility. Please keep yourself, your loved-ones, and our responding personnel safe by making thoughtful decisions, staying aware of weather conditions, and heeding the advice of your local and state authorities.
Excessive rain and high winds have the potential to create high water, flash floods, falling trees, mudslides, and severe damage to roads. Our national forests are heavily wooded, remote and/or mountainous, making the potential for hazardous conditions significant. Low-lying areas are especially vulnerable to rapidly rising and swift water. These areas should be avoided during and after major storm events. Trees falling or large limbs breaking off are not uncommon occurrences during high-wind conditions. Excessive rain can wash out dirt roads.
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Stay safe! We are thinking of you during this time, and appreciate your understanding.