Rains continue to dump in Augusta

Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 10:33 AM
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A line of thunderstorms swept through Augusta on Saturday, flooding many low-lying areas once again.

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A creek over flowing on Chelsea Drive in Augusta.  Jared Mitchell/Special
Jared Mitchell/Special
A creek over flowing on Chelsea Drive in Augusta.

Paula Schwartz and her neighbor, Michael Philpot, spent their day worrying about the creek that flows a few hundred feet from their homes in the 3100 block of Chelsea Drive. Every time heavy rains roll in, the neighbors have to move their cars to higher land and take turns making sure the creek has not flooded.

Since the flood of 1990, which cost them more than $25,000 each, the neighbors have been waiting.

“We have been told every year that the government is going to buy our houses,” said Schwartz, who has lived in the same house on Chelsea Drive since 1976. “And every year we’re told not yet.”

Philpot said he should have paid off his property more than a decade ago but could not because of the damage from the 1990 flood.

Both homes have extensive water damage. Even when the creek does not flood, the water still comes through their yards, and it has ruined their foundations, Schwartz said. She also has floor damage inside.

“We could put thousands into fixing our homes, but how can we do that when we are supposed to be bought out at any time?” she said.

Laney-Walker flooded Saturday for the second time this week, as did Peach Orchard Road.

Harlem saw more than six inches according to Pam Tucker, Columbia County’s emergency and operations director.

According to the National Wea­ther Service in Columbia, Augusta Regional Airport broke a rainfall record with 4.66 inches by 6 p.m. The previous record for Aug. 11 was 3.02 inches in 1915. Daniel Field saw 4.95 inches and the Riverwalk saw 3.85. Evans saw 4.6 inches and Clarks Hill saw 2.58.

The area is supposed to dry up for the rest of the weekend and into Monday, meteorologist Dan Miller said. The storms are moving to the southeast and should be over by Saturday night.

“It looks like we’re going to get a couple of days to dry out,” he said.

The rain has had at least one positive impact, Miller said. Augusta Regional was almost 11 inches behind in rainfall before this month, now it is behind only 6.43 inches. Daniel Field has seen 8.16 inches in August alone.

“We are catching up,” he said.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/11/12 - 11:32 am
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• 907 Point Comfort Road - drainage issues.

I hope some pay ATTENTION to this news...

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/11/12 - 11:48 am
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Rain Tax, Rain Tax
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Lack of engineering skills and planning brought on the rain tax( i.e. FEE) You cannot interfere with single family home units just because we are building more and more in the swamp and wetlands of CC. We don't need more government interference in private business. WOW. Another 100 year flood? Yep, it s has been 100 years since the 1990. CC is a drain field from Harlem and 400 ft of elevation across countless streams to the Savannah River and 150 ft of elevation. CC government continues to defy science with their contractor friendly zoning and rezoing. if natural water flow is not enough, CC compounds the flow with more and more concrete and asphalt. CC building massive shopping areas with no design engineering and at the same time entering private property and measuring new residential patios in District One. Funny that the flood water comes from District Four but only District One pays the flooding bill. Where is that "sewer cannon truck"?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/11/12 - 04:03 pm
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Keep adding to the rain

Keep adding to the rain count. It's still coming down heavy.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/11/12 - 05:53 pm
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I Think

someone needs to recalibrate the ruler!

Doug Duncan
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Doug Duncan 08/11/12 - 06:08 pm
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Clark's Hill

I think someone other than the corps of engineers needs to manage the lake! 8 or so inches of rain this week. Slow the flow!

daviddunagan
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daviddunagan 08/11/12 - 10:33 pm
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The Corp is incompetent

Doug- I guarantee they didn't slow it down. That would have been to easy and would have required an effort. You and I could have it at full pool by next spring and keep it there while satisfying the fish and industries downstream. DD

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/12/12 - 11:08 am
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Pam Tucker reported
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that Noah, of biblical affiliation, was seen near Euchee Creek with a ruler. LOL LOL Hope lightening doesn't hit the "Emergency Center "again.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/12/12 - 11:10 am
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The hundred year flood.....
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that repeats after 12 years? Where is Bob Smith when we need him?

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/12/12 - 04:16 pm
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Living by water is labor of

Living by water is labor of love .If a person chooses to do so they better be prepaired to pay the price, Mother Nature is never static

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