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More rain on Columbia, worse flooding

Sep 25, 2011 9:25:00 PM - thestate.com
A line of thunderstorms dumped more rain on soggy Columbia on Sunday night, flooding streets notorious for high water for the third time in five days.

Although the rain tapered off after 7 p.m., some streets remained impassable as late as 9 p.m.

Three cars were submerged on S.C. 277 South at Farrow Road, a tree felled by wind lay across the 5400 block of Farrow Road, the 3900 block of Main Street was flooded and Whaley Street at Main Street was flooded, said Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning effective through 7:30 p.m. for central Richland County and some surrounding areas as the storm system moved northeast at around 10mph. A thunderstorm warning also was issued, effective through 7:15 p.m.

Emergency radio traffic indicated cars stuck in Olympia and on Bush River Road. Much of Assembly Street between Blossom and Rosewood was impassable as late as 7:30 p.m. The flooding created some congestion as closed roads forced traffic to side streets.

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