More weather-related cancellations, closures announced

Due to anticipated severe weather related to Hurricane Irma, Cleveland Mayor Shan Ash has decided to cancel the city council meeting that had been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11. City clerk Connie Tracas said the meeting “will be rescheduled as soon as possible.”

Also, the Georgia Department of Transportation has cancelled an open house that had been scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Monday at Helen City Hall. The session would have provided information about upcoming federally funded road projects in Northeast Georgia.

DOT spokeswoman Katie Strickland said a new date for the open house will be announced next week.

In addition, the Chattahoochee National Forest has closed several low-lying recreational sites, effective Monday, Sept. 11, due to the possible hazardous weather.

In the Chattooga River Ranger District, which includes White County, the following sites are closed:

• Andrews Cove Campground

• Low Gap Campground

• Lake Rabun Beach Day-Use Area

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Judy Toppins said these sites will remain closed until the severe weather passes, storm damage can be assessed, and the sites are declared safe for visitors.

As of Sunday, a flash-flood watch was in effect for the entire Chattahoochee National Forest.

“Our national forests are heavily wooded, remote and/or mountainous, making the potential for hazardous conditions significant,” Toppins said. “Low-lying areas are especially vulnerable to rapidly rising and swift water. These areas should be avoided during and after major storm events. Trees falling or large limbs breaking off are not uncommon occurrences during high-wind conditions. Excessive rain can wash out dirt roads.”

For updates on conditions in the Chattahoochee National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/conf.

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