Streets in Columbia and Five Points had no flooding problems Wednesday morning, despite more than two inches of rain in the past 24 hours.
For last-minute shoppers, Columbia should continue to see rain throughout the afternoon, though the heaviest rain had moved out of town by 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
“Walgreens is a little nervous,” said Amy Beth Franks, director of the merchants association. “Non-stop rain is usually the formula for them to flood. They are probably going to be on alert all day long.”
Still, low-lying Saluda Avenue and Harden Street have no evidence of flooding, Franks added.
At 8 a.m., the National Weather Service reported 2.26 inches of rain had fallen in downtown Columbia in a 24-hour period, a mark hit by communities throughout the Midlands.
“It’s not uncommon for us to have a rain event like this in December,” meterologist Kim Campbell said.
“I already had one person say Santa must be coming in Noah’s Ark tonight, but we should see it wrapping up after midnight.”
Robert Anderson, Columbia’s public works director, said motorists might see pooling water at the side of the streets but no flooding.
“We’ve got crews out from the street division, and they’re actually working on the storm drains, just making sure they stay clear,” Anderson said.
“We’re in good shape.”