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Heavy rain floods parts of Columbia

May 18, 2010 12:19:00 AM - thestate.com

A concentrated burst of rainfall dumped 2.13 inches on the USC area of downtown Columbia in less than an hour Monday, causing flash floods and swamping a few parked cars.

The flooding was in the typical places along Rocky Branch — Five Points, and the intersections of Whaley and Main streets and Pickens and Blossom streets, according to the National Weather Service and Columbia police.

A gauge in Rocky Branch at Whaley and Main rose from 1.59 feet at 1:15 p.m. to 11.21 feet at 2:15 p.m. A National Weather Service observer reported water was 4-feet deep in the intersection at one point. By 3:15, the Rocky Branch gauge was back below two feet.

Several cars parked behind a USC building on Main Street near Whaley flooded, according to the weather service.

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