UPDATE: Adam Wilson, the city’s Director of Parks and Recreation, announced on Thursday afternoon that Camp Jordan Parkway has reopened, allowing residents to once again enter the park.
Wilson said there was “minor damage” considering the extent of flooding in the park. None of the new buildings that were built last year sustained any flood damage, he said.
“The only buildings (water) got inside was the soccer stadium concession, kitchen pavilion and youth soccer concessions,” Wilson said in a message to East Ridge News Online.
Wilson added that the flood water got inside a soccer irrigation pump house requiring a timer be replaced. Soccer and lacrosse nets were also damaged.
Wilson has yet to finalize placing a dollar amount on the flooding damage but estimates it to be in the $5,000 to $8,000 range.
“The water receded as quickly as it came up,” he said.
On Wednesday, Adam Wilson, Director of Parks and Recreation, said officials must have the bridge on Camp Jordan Parkway inspected before the park will reopen. The bridge, he said was submerged during the recent flooding. Wilson said he expects that inspection to take place in the next day or so. East Ridge News Online will update our readers when the inspection is completed and the park is re-opened
City officials closed Camp Jordan Park late Monday evening because of flooding.
According to Adam Wilson, Director of Parks and Recreation, water was one to two-feet deep in several locations on the road inside the park on Monday evening.
The National Weather Service is predicting that water is currently at 22-feet, six-inches on South Chickamauga Creek, above the flood stage of 18 feet. See link below for specific details: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=mrx&gage=chkt1&refresh=true
There is concern among city officials that flooding in South Chickamauga Creek will effect other low-lying areas in East Ridge. Officials fear that water coming from Georgia along the South Chickamauga Creek will inundate West Chickamauga Creek and Spring Creek.
East Ridge News Online will update this story when more information is available.