Rainfall brings flooding threat to Midlands

Rainfall brings flooding threat to Midlands

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A River Flood Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service and is in effect until late Tuesday for Lexington and Richland Counties.

A flood warning was issued for the Congaree River at Carolina Eastman in lower Richland County. At 7 p.m. Sunday the river was at 122 feet. Flood stage is 115 feet. According to the NWS, The river will continue rising to near 123 feet Friday afternoon.

The National Weather Service believes the river will fluctuate between about 10 and 15 feet through Friday. Weather officials say rainfall during the past few days combined with reservoir operations has produced elevated flows along the Congaree River.

The NWS says roads in low lying areas and swampland downstream from Columbia could become flooded, especially the areas that are already saturated from heavy rain we saw last week.

A Flood Warning was extended Tuesday morning for the North Fork Edisto River at Orangeburg. The same warning was extended for the Wateree River at Lake Wateree, which reached flood stage at 100 feet Tuesday morning. the river will rise to about 102 feet Friday afternoon.

Flood-prone areas near Olympia, Five Points, and under the Gervais Street train trestle in Columbia could take on water very fast from heavy rainfall. Drivers are warned to use caution.

In Newberry County, people living along the Saluda River are warned of a high water emergency at Buzzard Roost Dam on Lake Greenwood in Greenwood County. Water will be released from the lake into the Saluda River, which eventually will make its way into Lake Murray.

Wednesday and Thursday will also feature periods of rain which could aggravate saturated areas that have recently flooded due to heavy rain.

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