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River Park closed due to storm damage
River Park storm waters
On Thursday, Feb. 6, storms drenched the Dawson County and north Georgia area, causing rivers and streams to rise significantly. - photo by Ben Hendren

Dawson County authorities said on Friday that the River Park Canoe Launch off Hwy. 9 in south Dawson has been temporary closed,  due to damage caused by storms on Thursday. 

Heavy rain and wind buffeted north Georgia for hours on Thursday, causing streams and rivers, like the Etowah at River Park, to rise significantly and flood areas of the county. 

Officials say that weather permitting, the park will reopen in the near future. 

Updates on the park's reopening will be posted on, they can also be found calling a Dawson County Government representative at (706) 344-3646.