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More rain soaked Augusta on Thursday afternoon as residents marveled at high water on the Savannah River.

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Jeff Dow spent his lunch break above the flooded Jessye Norman Amphitheater on the Savannah River.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
TODD BENNETT/STAFF
Jeff Dow spent his lunch break above the flooded Jessye Norman Amphitheater on the Savannah River.

Distant storm clouds and rumbles of thunder approached the area as crowds flocked to Riverwalk Augusta, where the lower level was closed for the second day. The upper level remained open while emergency management staffers monitored water levels.

Barbara Richardson, of Mid­land Valley, snapped photos of the water that breached riverbanks, inundated walking paths and partially submerged benches. Jessye Nor­man Amphitheater was also underwater.

“This is something rare to see,” Richardson said.

All Augusta boat ramps and boat access points remained closed. Lock and Dam Park and access to the Baurle Boat Ramp below Augus­ta Re­gional Airport was closed. Closed roads included Ma­rina Road and Lock and Dam Road at Doug Barnard Park­way, though Phin­izy Swamp Nature Park employees will be allowed access to report to work. Wrightsboro Road at Flow­ing Wells Road reopened Thursday afternoon.

A thunderstorm dumping heavy rain stalled over the area Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for Richmond and Columbia counties.

A flood warning is in effect until Sunday at 8 p.m. as tropical moisture moves into the area, meteorologist Mike Cammarata said. Chances of rain were 60 percent today and Saturday and 50 percent for Sunday.

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soapy_725 07/12/13 - 08:30 am
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But we are saving the fish at Lock & Dam "JAM". LOL
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But we are saving the fish at Lock & Dam "JAM". LOL

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soapy_725 07/12/13 - 08:31 am
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Mindless Behavior joins Ignorance & Apathy on tour in ARC.
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Mindless Behavior joins Ignorance & Apathy on tour in ARC.

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