Heavy rains collapse part of roof at Thomson plant



Heavy rainfall Sunday night collapsed a 20-by-10-foot section of roof at Shaw Industries Group’s Plant 22 in Thomson, Ga., prompting an evacuation but causing no injuries.

The 7 p.m. incident occurred as storms moving through the area dumped more than 2 inches of rain in in McDuffie County within about 45 minutes, the company said in a statement.

“Keeping the safety of our associates the utmost priority, the site was evacuated and all utilities shut down,” the statement said, noting that contractors are onsite this week to assess and repair the damage.

The scattered series of storms Sunday delivered varied rainfall amounts, ranging from 2.25 inches at Columbia County’s Clarks Hill Water Treatment Plant to 1.6 inches at a gauge in Walnut Hill subdivision. The Columbia County Government Complex gauge recorded 1.86 inches.

Augusta Regional Airport received 2.22 inches Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, setting a record for that day. Daniel Field Airport recorded the highest rainfall in the area — 2.42 inches.

Monday’s forecast called for continued scattered showers, with cloudy skies and only a slight chance of precipitation on Tuesday, with high temperatures near 78.