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Crews work to repair problems caused by flooding
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Heavy rains have caused several problems with flooding locally. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Crews have been on the scene of a new retail development on Ga. 400 and Dawson Forest Road where recent rain and flooding has caused a retention pond to overflow into nearby Lake Lanier through Thompson Creek.

Dawson County Planning Director Rachel Burton said her office has been in touch with the developer's construction manager.

"They have a crew on site working to repair their erosion control installations and clean up any that has escaped," Burton said.

Upon review, Burton said the Dawson Crossroads site has not had any major erosion control breaches.

"The contractor is battling excessive rainfall and has installed additional erosion control measures to handle the storm water," she said. "The site has received approximately 6 inches of rainfall in the past week, according to the contractor's reports."

Code enforcement will be on site to verify the status, according to Burton.

With additional rain predicted for the area this week, John Mock said he is concerned with the silt and mud particles from the construction site that is draining into his lake cove off Sundown Way.

"What happens is where all that silt that's suspended into the water right now in the cove, that settles down to the bottom of the cove, so say I've got 16 feet underneath my boat dock. I may only have 15 feet now," he said. "That's a big deal, because somebody needs to be held responsible for the damage. I've lived here 13 years, and I've never seen anything like this before."

Last week's heavy rains are also taking their toll on Lake Lanier recreation sites.

The Army Corps of Engineers closed many area parks, boat ramps and beaches Monday and Tuesday as a result of the lake level rising above 1,073 feet above sea level and especially as it tops 1,074 feet as expected.

Lanier's normal winter full pool is 1,070 feet.

As of Monday afternoon, the level was at 1,073.63 feet, but with rainfall moving toward the lake in creeks and streams, it was expected to top 1,074 feet by Tuesday.

"Parks start going underwater between 1,074 and 1,075 (feet)," Chief Ranger Chris Arthur said. "You start having water come up in the parking lots."

Boat ramps have been closed at Toto Creek Park at 154 Toto Creek Park Rd., Nix Bridge Park at 2367 Nix Bridge Road and Thompson Creek at 600 Thompson Creek Park Road, all in Dawson County.

The rain on Christmas Eve was also responsible for flooding in western Dawson County on Holcomb Road, according to Commission Chairman Mike Berg.

The damage has since been repaired, he said.