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Dog River
Country United States
State Georgia
Physical characteristics
Main source South of Villa Rica, Georgia
River mouth Chattahoochee River, Georgia
Discharge
  • Location:
    33°39'13.7"N 84°49'15.7″W
  • Average rate:
    125.3 cu ft/s (3.55 m3/s)
Basin features
Basin size 78 sq mi (200 km2)

The Dog River is a 15.7-mile-long (25.3 km) river in Georgia. The river rises south of Villa Rica in Carroll County, flows east into Douglas County, then turns southeastward into Dog River Reservoir. The reservoir, completed in 1992, impounded 1.2 billion US gallons (4,500,000 m3) of water before the dam and water level were increased in 2009. The reservoir serves as a water source for Douglas County. After leaving the reservoir, the Dog River flows into the Chattahoochee River.

2009 flooding

In September 2009, the Dog River watershed, along with most of northern Georgia, experienced heavy rainfall. The Dog River, overwhelmed by large amounts of runoff from saturated ground in the basin, experienced massive flooding. The river crested at 33.83 feet (10.31 m) and had a peak discharge of 59,900 cu ft/s (1,700 m3/s), nearly six times the 100-year flood level. One of the ten deaths associated with the floods in Georgia occurred in the Dog River. A Carroll County resident, Debbie Hooper, was killed when her Jeep Cherokee was swept off the road by floodwaters.

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