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Flooding visits usual haunts in brief downpour

Sep 22, 2011 10:09:00 AM - thestate.com
Much-needed rain fell too fast in some areas of the Midlands Wednesday, flooding the usual intersections of Columbia.

Officially, only .89 inch of rain fell overnight at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, which is still nearly 1.5 inches below normal rainfall for the month and 5 inches below normal for the year.

But one volunteer National Weather Service observer registered 2.24 inches in the St. Andrews area, and nearly 1.5 inches was noted in Lexington and Blythewood.

The Whaley Street-at-Main Street intersection flooded as runoff roared into Rocky Branch, swelling the creek's water level by 10 feet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The creek was back to near normal levels an hour later.

The heaviest rain measured by weather service observers was in Aiken County, where 3.82 inches fell. A chance of less concentrated rain continues through Saturday, according to the weather service forecast.

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