Parts of Canton stayed water-logged for a while in 1964.
In this video excerpt from the WSB-TV archive (used here with permission), the television crew visits Canton on March 1. The footage is concentrated on the area around the Sandy Hook retail stores, which are located between the Etowah River and the railroad tracks at the bottom of downtown Canton. (Check out a map of the area)
The video opens on a car leaving downtown Canton, crossing over the bridge and heading toward the North Canton intersection (where the YMCA, Walgreen’s and CVS are now). The houses surrounded by flood water are homes that used to be part of the mill houses, but by 1964, some of them were rental houses. These houses were next to the Etowah River (with present-day Heritage Park on the other side of the river for reference).
And while the flooding was bad in 1964 — as was Canton’s 2009 flood-filled year — the worst flooding happened in 1946, according to this Cherokee Tribune article.
Video courtesy: WSB Newsfilm collection, reel WSBN1153, 31:06/39:31, 0, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga.