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Heavy rain disrupts commute with visibility, flooding problems

Sep 23, 2011 2:30:00 PM - thestate.com
Heavy rain poured onto the Midlands this morning, the first of autumn, causing severe flooding on many low-lying or poorly drained streets.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory at 9:24 a.m. warning about rainfall of up to 2 inches an hour moving over the area from Kershaw, Lexington and Richland counties. The advisory expired at 10:30 a.m.

Columbia Police closed roads at Main and Whaley, 1300 Rosewood Drive and South Ott at Rose because of high water.

Firefighters battled waist-high water on Woodrow Street trying to get to motorists near Monroe Street. There, a silver Mercedes sedan and white Volvo station wagon were up to their doors in water. Tow trucks were summoned to pull them out as family members came to rescue the stranded drivers.

Kenny Pollock of Columbia was driving his three children to school when they turned off Rosewood onto Woodrow and hit the rising water. Pollock tried to get out but it was too late.

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