Portions of Columbia County were soaked with more rainfall last night than the entire month of July after a storm system stalled over the region and caused isolated flooding.
By 7 a.m. today, a total of 3.6 inches of precipitation had been recorded, with the heaviest rains falling after midnight, said Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker. By comparison, the National Weather Service recorded just 3.29 inches for the previous month.
Flooding was reported by 1 a.m. today in several areas, including Kings Bridge Road, where water backed up into homes; and on Wendell Way, where a rainswollen creek flowed into the roadway. A woman was briefly trapped in her flooded car near Arrowwood Trailer Park on Wrightsboro Road.
The storms also downed trees and caused minor and scattered damage to power lines.
Work crews from the countys Roads and Bridges Department cleaned up about six downed trees this morning at various locations throughout the county, including one on Morehead Drive in Martinez, said Manager Tim Holloway. The rights of way were clear by 8:30 a.m., he said.
Thurmond Lake rose only a few hundredths of an inch, reporting a pool level today of 325 feet above sea level. Full pool is 330 feet above sea level.
Todays National Weather Service forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers with cloudy skies and a high near 87 degrees. Tonights lows will be around 68 degrees, with a 30 percent chance of rain. Fridays forecast includes a 40 percent change of additional showers.