Forests Issue Flash Flood Advisory for Northeast Georgia Campgrounds and Roads.

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture, A flash flood advisory has been issued across the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests due to predicted significant rainfall from Hurricane Joaquin. Heavy rain has been forecasted by the National Weather Service for multiple Georgia counties with Forests lands including White, Union, Towns, Lumpkin, Gilmer, Fannin, Oconee and Greene. Counties including Rabun, Habersham and Stephens may see up to 10 inches of rain. Forest visitors are advised to avoid low-lying roads and areas such as Panther Creek Recreation Area and campgrounds including Upper Chattahoochee River, Tate, Sandy Bottoms, Tallulah River, Wildcat Creek, Sarah’s Creek, West Fork, and Cooper’s Creek.


“These Forest campgrounds are loved for their proximity to beautiful mountain streams” said Forest Supervisor, Betty Jewett. “But a heavy downpour can put campers in the path of a dangerous flash flood. Outdoor safety is a must.”


Forest officials are asking visitors to check the National Weather Service forecast and be alert for heavy rains and sudden changes in the weather, especially at night. Whenever severe weather is forecasted, go home or stay home. Through Monday, widespread river and flash flooding are expected. Across the Forests, downed trees from saturated and loose soils may cause power outages and road or trail hazards. Mudslides are also possible in steep terrain. Due to erosion and trail damage concerns, all OHV areas on the Forests are also closed at this time.


Forest Safety Tips:

  • Stay alert when trekking the forest. If flood waters rise, climb to safety.
  • Your safety is your own responsibility. Remember, city sirens don’t exist out in nature.
  • When water rises at a camp site or recreation area, climb to higher ground immediately. If traveling, do not drive across roads that are covered with water. Make safe choices.
  • The Forests mobile app alert can help you stay tuned-in to weather conditions before and during your outdoor activities. But remember, your cellular provider may not offer services and alerts in remote outdoor locations.


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