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Germantown monitors rising flood waters

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GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC-TV) - Officials in Germantown are monitoring rising flood waters that have closed several parks and the Greenway.

Late Tuesday morning, the Wolf River at Germantown stood at 23.99 feet, nearly three and a half feet above flood stage, officials said. The river is forecast to crest Wednesday at 1 a.m. at 25 feet, four and one half feet above flood stage.

"The good news is that the anticipated crest is now at 25 feet, half a foot lower than earlier predictions." Dennis Wolf, fire chief and emergency manager, said in a press release. "A higher crest could have threatened to shut down portions of Wolf River Boulevard."

Wolf said the flood water is not expected to impact the Germantown Parkway bridge at Wolf River.

City officials urged motorists to use caution and monitor local radio for updates during afternoon rush hour and Wednesday morning rush hour.

Rising waters are threatening parking lots at some businesses on Wolf River Boulevard, but City engineers don't anticipate flooding of businesses or homes.

Tuesday morning, city officials closed the Riverwoods Nature Area at Wolf River Boulevard and Kimbrough Road due to rising water.
 
When area resident Ray Ann Schlafer arrived at the nature area later in the day she didn't expect to find it closed.
 
"I've never seen it closed before, " she said. "I noticed the caution tape when I pulled up. That's the first time I've ever seen it."
 
"This is weird," said long-time Germantown resident Hank Vallin. "I've been here since '96. I've never seen anything like it."
 
The city will continue to monitor the floodwaters and ask residents to be careful.
 
"You have to be worried when the river crests like that," Vallin said. "You got a lot of critters that come out, snakes and all the little animals that like to bite people."
 
Monday, officials closed Poplar Estates Park at 1130 Poplar Estates Parkway and the Germantown Greenway, which runs approximately two and a half miles along the Wolf River, remains closed until further notice.
 
City officials said the flood water is not expected to impact the Germantown Parkway Bridge at Wolf River.

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