Thunderstorms hit already weather-stricken areas
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June 19, 2013 12:00 AM | 2210 views | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Boling Park in Canton remains closed to the public after last week’s severe storms knocked down hundreds of trees throughout the area. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
Boling Park in Canton remains closed to the public after last week’s severe storms knocked down hundreds of trees throughout the area.
Staff/Todd Hull
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CANTON — Cherokee County was hit by another line of thunderstorms Monday, leading to more power outages and traffic problems for areas affected by Thursday’s tornadoes.

While areas such as Boling Park in Canton — which is still closed because of storm damage from Thursday night’s tornado and high winds — wait to be cleaned up, power crews and city workers were back on the job Tuesday in the Hickory Flat Highway and Copper Mine Hill areas.

“We had a downpour yesterday and it knocked down some more trees and power lines,” said Lt. Jeff Tucker with the Canton Police Department. “This happened in the same area where the original tornado came through. It is an older area, one of the oldest in the city, and there are a lot of large trees there.”

The torrential downpour led to some flooding in roads as well as downed trees and power lines.

“Some of the drains have leaves and branches in them, and the city is trying to get them unclogged. It is a work in progress,” Tucker said.

While all roads were open to traffic by late Tuesday afternoon, earlier in the day Canton Police reported that the Canton Bypass and Marietta Road between Hickory Flat Highway and Marietta Highway were closed for repairs to power lines at the request of Georgia Power Co.

Power crews worked for about five hours Tuesday while the roads were closed.

“Right now all roads are open. The problem is they have to still clean up some areas,” Tucker said. “Earlier, they had to restring some power lines.”

Tucker said the recent storms did not cause any injuries.

“We need a couple of days of better weather. We opened Hickory Flat Highway Saturday, got Marietta Road open and then more trees were knocked down,” Tucker said.
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