Weather Alerts in Place as Rainfall Continues
Residents in areas heavily impacted during October's floods react to recent rainfall as the National Weather Service issues weather alerts.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — With significant rainfall in the forecast residents impacted by October’s floods say they’re not worried about potential flooding but how it will impact reconstruction.
“It’s just the wetness and the mold and the condition of the houses that are abandoned. It makes it feel like it makes recovery harder and longer,” says flood victim Ashley McEntire.
Current conditions are also a concern for the National Weather Service. The wet grounds are something they consider when issuing flood advisories, watches and warnings.
According to Meteorologist Whitney Smith with the National Weather Service, “Our area has been saturated with rainfall, really ever since October. We never really completely dried out since then. Of course we take that into consideration, that we can only take so much more rain at this point.”
The NWS is reminding residents to be aware of the weather as flood alerts are in effect for counties throughout the Midlands and flood advisories continue for the Congaree, Wateree and Saluda rivers.
“We expect the rivers to crest this week around Friday and then slowly drop off after that,” says Smith.
Flood Watch in effect from 1 a.m. Wednesday through Thursday morning for the following counties:
Flood Warning in effect for the following rivers:
– Congaree River at Carolina Eastman
– Saluda River at Chappells
– Wateree River at Lake Wateree