Chattahoochee RiverWalk once again submerged

It may be no news flash to anyone witnessing the deluge Columbus got from Tropical Storm Ida on Tuesday, but the Chattahoochee RiverWalk once again is underwater.

Way underwater, like several feet.

Authorities monitoring the Chattahoochee River's flow today are dealing not only with water coming downstream from West Point Lake, but also with the inflow from swollen tributaries that continue to drain storm runoff.

"I'm just amazed at how full all the creeks still are," said Arnold Lindsay, the Georgia Power Co.'s middle Chattahoochee hydro manager, who was traveling through Valley, Ala., this afternoon en route to Atlanta. "I came down through Valley, and there's a creek that comes under a bridge down here, and it's like a whitewater rapids course."

Lindsay said he believed five spillways were open on the Oliver Dam today and three were open on the Bartletts Ferry dam. It may take days to move all the water through, he said.

So residents who daily hike or bike the RiverWalk may want to make other plans while the river continues to flood.

"I would think you're looking at a few days before we get it back in its banks," Lindsay said.

The RiverWalk also flooded in late September as runoff from heavy Atlanta rains came downstream.