Midlands rivers at risk of flooding as rain expected to continue through the week

Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park The State file photo

Rivers throughout the Southeast United States could reach flooding levels this week, and South Carolina is no exception.

Persistent rain that is predicted to continue until the weekend is threatening to cause flooding. Some minor flooding has already begun in certain areas of the state. The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for the following rivers:

Congaree RIver at Carolina Eastman, which affects Calhoun, Lexington and Richland counties

Congaree RIver at Congaree National Park-Gadsden, which affects Calhoun and Richland counties

Wateree RIver at Lake Wateree, which affects Fairfield, Kershaw and Lancaster counties

Lighter rain than in previous days and lower dam discharge flows have helped bring the water levels of the Congaree and Wateree down some, but the rivers are still in flood stage, according to a NWS report.

Isabella Cueto is a bilingual multimedia journalist covering Lexington County, one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina. She previously worked as a reporter for the Medill Justice Project and WLRN, South Florida’s NPR station. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, where she studied journalism and theatre arts.