Residents in parts of Orangeburg are cleaning up the damage a day after meteorologists said more than three inches of rain fell in just one hour.
It appeared the worst flooding was along a small creek just west of Orangeburg’s town center, flooding homes, stranding cars and even closing the Orangeburg County Library branch. By Tuesday morning, most of the floodwater had receded, but the ground remained soggy twelve hours after the waters peaked Monday evening. A U.S. Post Office branch in the flood zone remains open, however.
The National Weather Service said nearly 3.3 inches of rain was recorded in Orangeburg between Monday and Tuesday mornings after a front stalled over the area. Neighboring Bamberg received 1.6 inches, while 1.4 inches was recorded in St. Matthews. However, one gauge in northeast Orangeburg recorded nearly 4.9 inches.
No injuries were reported, but serious water damage resulted at some businesses and apartments along the flooded creek. The Orangeburg Times & Democrat reported public safety crews had to make several water rescues, as well.
The rainfall was not as heavy in the areas north of Orangeburg. However, the storm did cause a washout along a small, private unregulated dam in the Oak Grove community located between Lexington and West Columbia. South Carolina Department of Transportation officials closed the road across the dam Monday night.