USFS asks people to ‘tread lightly’ after brief, but intense storm

Following an intense but brief Tuesday morning severe thunderstorm which accumulated up to 3 inches of rain in some places in as little time as an hour, the USFS is asking visitors of the Chattahoochee National Forrest to take extra caution.

Rabun, Habersham and surrounding counties were under two severe weather alerts Tuesday morning – a severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado watch. With the heavy rain, many dirt/gravel roads experienced flooding and now have accumulated slight damage as a result.

Forrest service officials are asking to avoid wet, muddy roads and trails to help minimize damage and ruts. When roads must be closed because of damage, the public loses access to national forest public lands that belong to everyone.

As a means to promote protecting the national forest roads and property, the acronym “TREAD” is being used to help people remember to tread lightly to prevent damage.


Travel Responsibly
Respect the Rights of Others
Educate Yourself
Avoid Sensitive Areas
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