Weather douses fireworks at mall
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jul 04, 2013 | 2746 views | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Forecasts for more, and probably heavier, rainfall have forced the postponement of at least one of the community’s two major Fourth of July fireworks shows scheduled for tonight.

Gary Sears, senior pastor of Mount Olive Ministries, confirmed this morning the holiday fireworks show scheduled for Bradley Square Mall has been postponed, but not altogether canceled. He said the fireworks festivities will be held at a later date.

Additional information about a new date for the event will be announced sometime in the future, Sears said.

In the meantime, a second fireworks show is still a go; at least, as of Banner press deadlines. State Rep. Eric Watson, who is sponsoring the Howard Thompson 64 Flea Market show on Waterlevel Highway, reported at midmorning that his festivities are still planned.

Lightning or worsening weather conditions could still have an impact, but by 9 a.m. the fireworks show was still scheduled, Watson reported.

If the Highway 64 fireworks show remains on schedule, it should get underway sometime after dark, probably at about 9:30 p.m. In past years, each of the big fireworks shows — one on the community’s north end and the other on the south — have been attended by thousands of holiday-celebrating residents.

Putting a damper on outside July Fourth festivities isn’t the only impact of this week’s heavy rains. Another effect is flash flooding which is causing public hazards in several areas of the city and county.

Unlike the traditional heat and drought of early July, this year has brought a wet start to the month as rains are expected to continue through the weekend.

Rainfall totals so far are varied, depending on weather station location.

According to the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency station located at the Emergency Operations Center on Guthrie Drive, 1.08 inches of rain fell Tuesday night into early Wednesday, causing localized flooding of homes, businesses and creeks.

Cleveland Fire Department personnel performed two separate water rescues early Wednesday.

The weather station located in the western portion of the county indicated a total of 1.61 inches of rain has fallen since Monday.

The National Weather Service in Morristown issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Flash Flood Watch.

According to the NWS forecast, “A nearly stationary frontal boundary and highly amplified upper level trough will be the dominant weather features over the southern Appalachian region. A deep fetch of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will continue to spread north over the region.”

Drivers should be aware of ponding on roadways or flooded areas, especially where creeks and bridges are located, and in low-lying areas prone to flooding.

Temperatures are expected to be slightly cooler, but humidity levels should be higher during the next few days.