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Flood warning issued for Dawson County until Friday morning
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Sticks and debris collect around an Etowah River water marker at River Park on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. - photo by Ben Hendren

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Dawson County from 7:40 p.m. Thursday until 11:00 a.m. Friday, according to a post by Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services. 

The Etowah River is slightly over flood stage and rising, which could affect Dawson and Forsyth Counties. According to the post, as of 7 p.m. on Thursday the stage was 13.1 feet and rising. Flood stage is 13 feet. 

“Minor flooding is occurring and is forecast to continue,” the post said. “The river is expected to rise to a crest of 14 feet just after midnight tonight. It will then fall below flood stage late tonight.” 

At 14 feet, both south Dawson County and northwest Forsyth County will experience minor to moderate flooding. 

According to the post, motorists should drive carefully and stay alert for flooded roadways.

“Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades or drive cars through flooded areas,” the post said. “Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.” 

Up-to-date emergency information can be found on the Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services Facebook page, and additional information from the National Weather Service can be found at weather.gov/atlanta