Flooding in the CSRA Dec. 25th 2009

Doppler radar indicates a narrow band of 4"+ rainfall Christmas morning along and northwest of the Barnwell, Aiken County line. Much of the rain fell in a two hour period early morning and more rain late morning. The area escaped major wind damage, but saturated ground may cause some older trees to be uprooted even with 10 to 15 mph winds Saturday. The greatest threat is the run-off from the heavy rainfall. Not only rivers and streams are in flood across the area, but will remain above flood stage the rest of the weekend into early next week. Runoff will also close some roadways, mainly near larger creeks and rivers. Boat ramp and access roads may be flooded for several days. The vast majority of the rainfall were below 2 inches. Radar indicated the following, Barnwell: 2.87", Louisville: 1.20", Waynesboro: 1.02", Sparta: 1.60", Thomson: 1.53", Washington: 1.42", Aiken: 1.81", Edgefield 1.65" and Augusta Bush: 1.82", Daniel Field: 3.05". Some secondary roads may be closed until flood waters recede. Since December 1st, Bush Field had a total rainfall of 8.70 inches. This is a new December record. The old record was in 1981 with 8.65".

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