Parts of Abbeville County experience flash flooding, trees in roads | Breaking

Date: 2021-10-07 13:52:30

People in the Due West, Antreville, and Lowndesville areas of Abbeville County are being urged to stay off the roads this morning after flash flooding.

Will Blackwell, director of Abbeville County Emergency Services, said a rain cell came through the area, dropping several inches of rain in a short period of time.

He said there area lot of trees and power lines down, and significant water is standing on roadways.

Several cars have been stuck in water and emergency services is actively responding to calls, he said. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Abbeville County. It lists Due West, Lake Secession, Lowndesville, Lake Russell and Antreville as places that will experience flash flooding after 2-5 inches of rainfall. The warning is in effect until noon. According to NWS, county officials reported a dozen or so roads were flooded in the Lake Secession area and there is “flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage and low-lying areas.”

Blackwell said rain is anticipated throughout the day, so the issue isn’t going to resolve very fast. The big key, he said, is not to drive through water.

A post on the Abbeville County Emergency Services Facebook page asks people in affected areas to stay off the roads and warns that “many are impassible and several power / emergency crews are out working.”

Flooding isn’t limited to Abbeville County. At 10:21 a.m., northern Greenwood County — including Hodges and Cokesbury — was placed under a flash flood warning that will expire at 4:15 p.m.

The area received 2-3 inches of rain in a span of 60 to 90 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

“Expect rapid flooding of low-water crossings and other low-lying areas adjacent to small streams, including the headwaters of Coronaca Creek near Cokesbury Rd and Mulberry Creek near Sally White Rd,” the warning said.

NWS expects flooding to worsen as streams rise and rainfall continues.

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