Flash flood warning issued for Columbia area early Monday

jmonk@thestate.comAugust 19, 2013 

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— Midlands’ heavy rains caused the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning Monday around 5 a.m. for the Columbia area.

The warning was due to expire at 7:20 a.m.

“Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of the Five Points area extending downstream along Rocky Branch Creek,” the weather service warned.

“This includes Maxcy Gregg Park, the Pickens-Blossom Street intersection and the Whaley-Main Street intersection.”

The warning said that “excessive runoff from heavy rainfall” will cause small creeks and streams to overflow at low-lying highways and underpasses.

The warning came from the National Weather Service’s Doppler radar indicating a thunderstorm over the warned area.

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