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Areas that remain flooded could impact weekend plans

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McFarland Park remains closed through at least this weekend. McFarland Park remains closed through at least this weekend.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

Flooding is still a concern across much of the Tennessee Valley as high water levels threaten to impact the standard summer hot spots.

At last check, the Paint Rock River in Jackson County is around 14 feet in Woodville, about two feet shy of flood stage.

Flooding could also be an issue in Marshall County over the weekend. TVA officials are reminding boaters who visit Lake Guntersville to stay away from the dams due to water levels being so high.

In the Shoals, McFarland Park in Florence is so flooded that the city has postponed the annual 5K Run for St. Jude. The park has been closed since last weekend, and will remain closed throughout this weekend. The 5K will be held July 27.

The river there crested at 21.6 feet Friday morning. By mid-afternoon, the level had dropped to 20.8 feet. Depending on this weekend's rainfall, officials said the levels could potentially rise back to 21 feet but then to slowly recede over the next few days to about 18 feet by Monday.

If the weather stays dry, park officials hope they can reopen the park by the beginning of next week. However, they said that after every flood, crews have their work cut out for them, cleaning up the mess left behind. "We find everything from logs to dead fish. You never know what you're going to find," said Fred Boughner with Florence Parks & Recreation.

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