A heavy downpour Saturday night caused flash flooding in the Midlands with roads in Five Points closed to traffic by the Columbia Police.
The National Weather Service reported that 2.28 inches of rain was recorded at the its rain gauge at the University of South Carolina. Two inches of that total fell in the half hour between about 9:00 pm and 9:30 pm.
“Major street flooding reported from Five Points and the intersection of Whaley and Main St.,” the NWS reported. Motorists were urged to avoid the area.
The driver of at least one vehicle didn’t get the message and got stuck in rising waters at Whaley and Main Streets. Although water was reported over the hood of the vehicle, the four occupants got out safely, the NWS said.
Shortly before 10 pm, Columbia Police tweeted that drivers should avoid Harden, Devine, Greene and Blossom Streets. About an hour later, the flooding was beginning to recede and police were preparing to reopen closed roads.
Particularly hard hit were areas in the Upstate. Severe flooding was reported in downtown Greenville, with some homes flooded, waist deep water reported in places and a section of I-85 between I-385 and Pelham Road closed due to high water.
A bridge reportedly collapsed near downtown Greer onto Memorial Drive.
National Weather Service radar between 12:40am and 1:15am Sunday August 10