Polluted South River near Panola, Snapfinger draws weekend crowd

So. River

This video was shot by an On Common Ground News reader on Sunday, May 3, two days after Gov. Brian Kemp lifted the shelter in place and reopened additional businesses in his efforts to restore Georgia’s economy. 

The warm weather has done it again. Ignoring  posted warning signs, dozens of people flocked this weekend to the polluted South River near Panola and Snapfinger Roads in DeKalb County to frolic and splash.

With temperatures rising into the 80s over the weekend, some decided to cool off at the South River.

For years, the county has warned people that the water is a health hazard contaminated with waste and sewage and they could be prosecuted.       

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DeKalb Parks has temporarily closed the Sugar Creek Golf and Tennis Center, the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, and playgrounds and fitness stations. All year-round recreation programming, rentals, group gatherings and organized athletic events have been suspended until further notice.

All parks and trails will remain open to the public and patrons are encouraged to practice social distancing protocols for the safety of DeKalb’s communities.

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