Flooding causing road hazards

A car drives through a flooding Broad Street between 4th and 3rd Streets.

Hours of heavy rain caused flooding and other traffic hazards on Augusta’s roads Sunday evening.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Richmond County from 7:44 until 10:45 p.m., according to meteorologist Bruce Cherry.

Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies eventually ran out of barricades and had to use their cars to keep residents out of hazardous areas.

Augusta registered four to six inches Sunday, and the rain was expected to continue throughout the night and into today, with chances for precipitation jumping up to
70 percent for Monday afternoon, Cherry said.

Some of the bigger issues Sunday included a tree down on Laurel Lane off Washington Road and heavy flooding on Peach Orchard Road and throughout downtown.

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