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Rain brings flood concerns along Lake Allatoona

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Heavy rain has caused flooding concerns along Lake Allatoona.

SKYFOX 5 flew over the area on Tuesday afternoon, showing water that washed out some walkways and covered roadways and recreational areas.

The swollen lake has residents nervous, especially with more rain forecast in the coming days.

"There's floating debris everywhere, so the boaters really need to be wary, not only the things that they can see on top of the water, but there's submergents right under edge of water," said Marilyn Cargal, a park attendant.

About a third of the campgrounds are closed and more than half of the boat ramps at the lake are closed.

The lake is already about 7 feet above full summer pool and it will likely go even higher.

For the first time since the heavy rains started, the Army Corps of Engineers opened the spill gates on Tuesday, releasing 6780 cubic square feet per second into the Etowah River.
The Army Corps said it can be a balancing act trying to keep the lake levels from getting too high but not releasing too much that it would flood those down river.

Most of the campgrounds are no longer taking reservations. It's unknown when they will be reopened.

Once the water goes down, the debris must be cleaned up.
The rains also caused bacteria levels to soar in the Chattahoochee River.

Bacteria levels are now more than 1100; the EPA says anything above 235 is not healthy.

People are advised to stay out of the water.

Bacteria level increases when rain saturates the ground, rolls off the surface, and ends up in the river.

Experts say some dry weather should help levels return to normal.

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