Tuesday night’s rainfall drenched every region of the state, with more than two inches falling from the mountains to the coast.
Even more fell in pockets hit by heavy thunderstorms — 5.6 inches in Bluffton in Beaufort County, 3.96 in Smoaks in Colleton County, 3.56 in North Augusta in Aiken County and 3.54 in Gaston in Lexington County, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.
But unlike many summer thunderstorm systems, this one dropped a good bit of rain almost everywhere. Of the 203 reports by volunteers in the network, 46 measured more than an inch, and they were spread out over the entire state.
Summer rainfall has held off drought problems for much of the state, but major lake levels in the mountains and along the Savannah River remain extremely low.
The reservoir that supplies Winnsboro, the one problem reservoir in the Midlands, has risen only slightly with recent rains, according to John Fantry, an attorney who represents the Winnsboro utility. But the Winnsboro situation should begin to improve soon because the town hooked up to the Columbia city water system on Monday to supplement its supply.