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Flash flood warning issued for county

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By Greg Summers

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a flash flood warning for Lancaster County until 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

At 8:22 a.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the county.

Between 2 and 3 inches of rain has already fallen across central and eastern portions of Chesterfield County since late Saturday and the rain bands that produced those amounts are now moving into Lancaster and northern Kershaw counties.

With the additional heavy rainfall expected throughout the morning, flash flooding conditions will begin shortly. An additional 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected here by Sunday afternoon.

Residents are urged to report flooding to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136. You can also use www.Facebook.Com/US.Nationalweatherservice.Columbia.Gov to relay severe weather reports.  

Tips

• Most flooding deaths occur in vehicles. Never drive through a flooded roadway or around barricades. Turn around, don’t drown.

• Flash flooding will occur near creeks and streams, urban areas, streets and underpasses, as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots. It also occur near small creeks and streams along country roads and farmland. Avoid travel in those areas

• Keep children away from storm drains and culverts.