Flooding caused by heavy rain forced officials in the upstate to close approximately 30 roads, and forecasters say residents will have to wait before there will be any relief.
County officials report flooding in Oconee county which sparked voluntary evacuations and delayed the start of school today. One of the biggest concerns was motorists trying to cross flooded roadways.
Eric Lutz,,chief of Emergency Operations for the county siad, “The major concern, often times, is people not being educated on what to do when they come to water, or thinking their vehicle can make it through the water. And unfortunately it doesn’t take that much water flowing across the roadway to move a car off of the roadway and into the flood waters.”
While officials reported no injuries, there were two instances in which people had to be rescued from their homes. One homeowner recalls that she hasn’t seen rain like this in a long time. “The last time we did evacuate and it wasn’t this bad. Maybe we should have this time, but, it’s so hard to leave your home.”
The National Weather Service says nearly 8 and 1/2 inches of rain fell in the Walhalla area of Oconee County in a 24-hour period ending 3 p.m. on Sunday.