Lexington County, SC (Paul Kirby) – Storms that included heavy rain and high winds that began in the late afternoon and continued into the evening Thursday caused flooding, downed power-lines, and other significant problems across a wide path in Lexington County. The squalls moved from our west and drifted across to the north and east dumping a tremendous amount of rain on our already soaked ground in moments before moving on. The storm sewers and ditches in a number of areas simply couldn’t keep up and ponding on roads quickly occurred causing a number of accidents that varied in severity from minor to major.
The first reports of flooding encountered were as the Batesburg-Leesville FD was enroute to another call and found East Columbia Avenue in front of Shealy’s BBQ completely covered. It was at about the same time that trucks from the county’s Amicks Ferry and Chapin stations were responding to a call out toward the end of Amicks Ferry Road when they encountered that road completely covered too. In both cases, the most the firefighters could do was mark off the flooded sections and call for the SCDOT or appropriate Department of Public Works to respond and try to clear the drains.
Al Koon, a long-time resident of the town of Chapin and member of the town’s council, said that it had been some time since he had seen as much rain fall in such a short amount of time. He said that the rain was accompanied by very high winds that knocked out the electricity at his home for a short period before the storm passed.
Greengarden Drive, a small road near the banks of Lake Murray out of Chapin, had to be closed completely due to the flooding,preventing the few people who lived off it from getting into their drives. The proper public agency was being notified just before dark so that they could come assist in cleaning the ditches to allow the water to run off.
Lexington County had been under a flood watch before all this rain fell as the multiple days of afternoon rains had most of the ground across the county completely saturated. In the event that we have more storms with any significant rains over the next few days, be prepared for flooded roadways that may make driving hazardous. Trees may also fall if winds get strong as their root balls are clinging to more mud than dirt at this point. You can follow The Lexington ledger or download our app from either app store to get the quickest updates.