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Watches & Warnings

Flash Flood Warning
Issued: 3:28 PM EDT Apr. 19, 2019 – National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has extended

* Flash Flood Warning for...
Oconee County in upstate South Carolina...

* until 930 PM EDT Friday.

* At 321 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rainfall has ended
across Oconee County. Doppler radar and automated rain gauges
indicate widespread storm-total rainfall of 3-6 inches with
isolated rainfall of 6-7 inches especially in a line near
Westminster to Walhalla to near Salem. This has caused
significant flash flooding across Oconee County. Additional
rainfall is possible as new rounds of showers and storms develop
over central and eastern Georgia, but at this time it is believed
the heaviest rainfall has already occurred and any additional
rainfall should not cause new flooding to develop.

* Oconee County 911 is reporting numerous roads have been flooded
and numerous streams have exceeded their banks and flooded
adjacent low-lying areas. The Little River is causing significant
flooding of farmland near Salem. A few parked cars were also
flooded. Additional impacts are likely.

* Even though heavy rain has ended, significant runoff continues as
the rainfall works through the soils and into streams. Streams
will continue to rise and will stay elevated for several hours!
Therefore, even though the heavy rain has ended, people in are
urged to stay away from low-water crossings, low-lying roadways
adjacent to streams, and all areas adjacent to streams including
Parks, greenways, farmland, and residences including apartment
buildings and campgrounds. Please obey all barricades and
evacuation orders!

* Some locations that may continue to experience flooding include...
Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster, Salem, Lake Keowee, devils Fork
State Park, Oconee State Park, Mountain Rest, Long Creek and bad

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Do not attempt to cross
water-covered roadways, bridges, or low-level crossings. Only a few
inches of rapidly flowing water can carry away your vehicle. It is
not Worth the risk. Please turn around, don't drown.

Numerous roads and bridges are still threatened by rapidly rising
streams and creeks. Please pay close attention to Road signs
indicating a flood-prone area. Obey all barricades, even if water is
not currently over the Road. Barricades are in place for your
protection and indicate areas where flooding can occur rapidly and
without warning.

When it is safe to do so, please report flood waters or landslides
flowing over roads or threatening property to the National Weather
Service by calling toll free, 1, 800, 2 6 7, 8 1 0 1, by posting on
our facebook Page, or via twitter using hashtag nwsgsp. Your message
should describe the event and the specific location where it
occurred, including roadways, nearby cross streets, stream names and
other landmarks.

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