City of Helen 100 years

Test of the Emergency Alert System

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test will be at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless participating providers. THIS IS ONLY A TEST. If this had been an actual emergency, an official message would follow. NO ACTION IS REQUIRED. If you have any questions, you may call Helen City Hall at 706-878-2733.

Chattahoochee Strasse Road Closure/Water Outage

Monday, August 27, the City will be replacing a waterline valve on Chattahoochee Strasse. This will cause the water to be off for all shops from the Troll Tavern up to Chattahoochee Strasse on the north bound side of North Main Street. It will also cause the road to have limited access while the repair is being made.

Beginning Wednesday, August 29, Chattahoochee Strasse will be resurfaced causing areas of the road to have limited access or be closed. This will affect the part of Chattahoochee Strasse between North Main Street and Edelweiss Strasse. Paving is expected to take place on Wednesday and Thursday if everything goes well. If you have any questions, call City Hall at 706-878-2733.

Due to road closures, the Helen Library will be closed Wednesday through Friday, August 29 - 31. We are sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions during times the library is opened, you may call them at 706-878-2438.

2018 Oktoberfest Parade

The Oktoberfest Parade will take place September 8, 2018 at 12:00 noon in Downtown Helen. Come celebrate the opeining of Oktoberfest. The "Tapping of the Keg" will follow the parade. For more information call 706-878-1908 www.helenchamber.com.

2018 - 48th Annual Oktoberfest

Helen's biggest celebration, Oktoberfest, begins September 6, and continues each weekend in September until September 27 when the festivities will be daily until October 28. There will be German music, dancing, food & drinks. The kick-off parade will be September 8 at 12:00 noon at Downtown Helen. The "tapping of the keg" follows the parade. For more information, call 706-878-1908 or 706-878-2181 or go to  www.helenchamber.com

Special Called Meeting

The City of Helen announces a Special Called Meeting will be held July 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall, 25 Alpenrosen Strasse. Topic to be discussed will be the setting of the millage rate for 2018 property taxes. For questions, please call 706-878-2733.

Helen is Open

The City has had numerous calls asking if the City is opened for business. We are happy to announce that the majority of the town was unaffected by the recent flooding of the Chattahoochee River. The river is inside its banks again, and everyone has done a tremendous job cleaning up the affected areas. All roads within the City are currently open including Georgia Highway 75/17 which runs from Helen to Hiawassee. The downtown district was unaffected by the high waters, and businesses are opened and ready for tourist. Others have called concerning the news reports about high bacteria levels in the Chattahoochee River. Please know that these warnings are NOT for the Helen area. The Chattahoochee River in Helen is not experiencing high bacteria levels, and the water is safe for play. We will continue to keep you posted as more information is available. Again, the City and the Chattahoochee River are open and ready for you to come and enjoy them.

45th Annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race Relocation

Many have been calling today regarding the hot air balloon race set to begin at 7:00 a.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018. We are happy to report the balloons are scheduled to go up tomorrow morning. Weather permitting, the race will begin at its normal time, but the location has been changed. The balloons will be going up from the field behind the Huddle House and the Surestay Motel (off Narr Weg). If the rain returns, or if the wind is not favorable, the balloons may fill up, but may not be able to leave the ground. We are sorry for the late notice, but a decision has just been reached. Any questions can be directed to the Helendorf Motel at 706-878-2271, the hot air balloon race headquarters. We hope you will join us for this special once a year event.