Cobb under flood watch
by Rachel Miller
May 04, 2013 12:00 AM | 3224 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Weather services say it’s highly likely Cobb residents will need an umbrella this weekend.<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Weather services say it’s highly likely Cobb residents will need an umbrella this weekend.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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MARIETTA — With heavy rains and possible flash flooding heading Cobb’s way, several big weekend events have been canceled.

Cobb County is under a flood watch, which began today at 3:54 a.m. and will continue until 8 p.m. Sunday night, as a storm front that blanketed the Great Plains and Midwest in snow will move east, bringing isolated thunderstorms to the area.

This weekend’s May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival was canceled and will not be rescheduled. Helicopter Day at the Marietta Museum of History Aviation Wing has been rescheduled to June 1, and the city of Kennesaw’s Outdoor Movie and Backyard Campout will be moved to a date to be determined.

Taste of East Cobb still plans to go on

One event that won’t be canceled, regardless of weather, is the Taste of East Cobb.

“We will be there, rain or shine,” said event organizer Lynne Durden from the Taste of East Cobb.

The National Weather Service predicted total rainfall to be 1.5 to 3.5 inches over 48 hours due to the slow movement of the storm, which will bring wind gusts of up to 30 mph, with temperatures below 50 degrees.

“Flooding and flash flooding will be a concern with this system … especially as it dumps rain on the already swollen rivers of the Mississippi,” according to the National Weather Service Prediction Center. This includes issues around large creeks and rivers, which are likely to cause widespread minor flooding and isolated moderate flooding in Cobb County.

“We are on top of a hill, so we don’t have the same problems other areas have,” said Marietta City Engineer Jim Wilgus of the Public Works Department.

Wilgus said the department cleared debris all week to make sure water flows out of the city the way it is designed to do.
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