Wednesday, July 10, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Five reports of Flash Flooding in metro Augusta + Southern Nationals cancelled for 2013 (Photos of Flash Flooding)

AUGUSTA, GA — For the first time ever, the Southern Nationals have been cancelled.

This time, it was well before the event was to get underway.

Flooding rains that pounded neighboring Columbia County caused officials in Augusta-Richmond County to shut down the event for the year.

Dayton Sherrouse, chairman of the event, said the amount of water in the river and the speed of the current will only get faster in the next few weeks. This is a result of the continued heavy rain and the amount of water upstream in the reservoirs. Also, there is absolutely nothing the Corps can do about the lowering of the discharge can not be changed at this time.

This was supposed to be the 28th annual event featuring drag boats that hit speeds of more than 250 mph, which is 20 mph faster than the IZOD IndyCars.

Tickets will be refunded at full cost.

Evans was hit especially hard by the flooding. Some areas in Evans reported seeing upwards to 7 inches of rain.

At least word, there were at least five official reports of flash flooding, four of the reports near Evans, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.

Below are photos of Flash Flooding taking place in metro Augusta. Hat tip to WJBF-DT News Channel 6, WRDW News 12 and Columbia County's Emergency Management Service director Pamela Tucker for the photos.

And what's worse? Tropical Storm Chantal may be headed towards this area by the time this upcoming weekend is over.

Flood Watches may have to be issued again. Wilkes County has been under a Flood Watch ever since June 29.

[WRDW News 12 (Southern Nationals Story)]

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