Yates Mill partially closed after rains

Sections of Yates Mill County Park have been indefinitely closed after more than 5 inches of rain Tuesday caused the water level in the mill pond to rise 2 feet, washing out the yard and making the facility difficult to access.

For safety reasons, park officials closed the mill, mill pond and surrounding trail until at least after the weekend, park manager Rebeccah Cope said. The park is still operating.

"We're still open, and we love sharing it with people," Cope said. "We'll do what we can to get it open as soon as possible."

Flood inspectors are assessing the damage and making recommendations for repair.

Cope said that flooding has gotten progressively worse over the past 10 years. The last time of severe flooding was when Tropical Storm Alberto moved through in summer 2006.