Grovetown leads rainfall totals across metro Augusta area

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 9:22 AM
Last updated 4:29 PM
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Rainfall totals from Tuesday’s storms ranged from barely a trace in northwestern Columbia County to as much as 4 inches in Grovetown, according to local authorities and the National Weather Service.

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Heavy rainfall led to standing water on Walton Way.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Heavy rainfall led to standing water on Walton Way.

The line of late-afternoon thundershowers formed near Augusta and remained stationary, drenching some areas with enough rainfall for flash floods. Most of the rain fell within 90 minutes, said Pam Tucker, Columbia County’s emergency and operations director.

Four inches were recorded near Huntington Drive in Grovetown, with 3 inches measured at Columbia County’s Crawford Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Another county water facility on Reed Creek near West Lake subdivision recorded 2.8 inches.

Lesser totals included 1.35 inches at the Evans Government Center, 1.5 inches at Forest Creek subdivision, 1.51 inches in Walnut Hill and 1.9 inches on Winchester Trail in Martinez.

The National Weather Service recorded less than an inch at its Augusta Regional Airport station.

The weather station at Daniel Field Airport recorded 1.78 inches, bringing the 2012 total for that location to 24.3 inches. That year-to-date total is above the total at Augusta Regional Airport, which has measured 16.89 inches since Jan. 1.

The Thurmond Lake area received much less rainfall, with just a trace recorded at the Clarks Hill water treatment plant near Pollard’s Corner.

Although the rainfall across Augusta and part of Columbia County was helpful, it will take much more than a one day to re-hydrate portions of the metro area now ranked in the “exceptional drought” category – the most severe classification available.

“At this point, any rainfall we get might help in the short term, but we have to wait to see how the stream flow and groundwater will respond,” said Nyasha Dunkley, the deputy state climatologist.

The Augusta area remains in its driest period on record when measured over the past 365 days, she said. Even with more than a century of data, the rainfall deficit – 20.84 inches – is the largest ever recorded for the period.

If measured from Jan. 1, the rainfall deficit shrinks to 11.3 inches for Augusta but still ranks as the second-driest period on record from January to August.

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soapy_725 08/08/12 - 11:42 am
That must have something to see

four inches of rain in spots. like man i was standing in this very spot, uh dry, and in that spot right there four inches of rain caused a flood

soapy_725 08/08/12 - 11:44 am
maybe the flood was caused by

clogged storm drains. CC has cannon to prevent this problem. It was purchased with rain tax money. Part of the problem could just be citizens raking and blowing their clipping and pine straw down the nearest drain opening. You think. The other day county convict workers were doing just that along the road. They used to pile and pick up with a dump truck?

McLeod 08/08/12 - 12:01 pm

We had 4 inches in Springlakes in Martinez

Doug Duncan
Doug Duncan 08/08/12 - 12:27 pm

Hmmm? Just wondering if the corp of engineers slowed the aggressive draining of Clark's Hill?

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