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Heavy downpours bring threat of flooding to region


A line of slow moving storms is creating localized flooding in Lancaster County.

A county spokesman said most of the flooding was between Lancaster and Buford along Highway 522 in the area of Cimeron, Rocky River and Dixie School Roads.

Between midnight and 6 a.m. county officials say between six and eight inches of rain the area east of Lancaster. Rescue crews conducted three vehicle water rescues.

No injuries have been reported.

Nearly 15 roads were flooded out at the height of the storms Monday morning, five may be damaged, according to the Lancaster County Fire Marshal's Office.

Public Works crews blocked off a section of Gills Creek Drive because the flash flood washed away parts of the road. Matthew McManus, who has been living on Gills Creek Drive for about a year, was "trying to figure out how to make it home - not sure where the back road is."

Lancaster County Emergency Management is monitoring the situation and advises motorists to use caution when traveling through that part of the county. County officials say they're concerned because more rain is forecasted for the area. They believe Lancaster will be dealing with more flooding Monday night into Tuesday morning.  "With the ground being saturated now, we're afraid of run-off being an issue and we may have more flooding", said Stephen Blackwelder, Lancaster County Fire Marshal.

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Flash Flooding Warning for Lancaster County until 10:45 a.m.  Over four inches of rain have already fallen in the area.

A Flood Advisory is also in effect for York County until 11 a.m.

The NC Mountains is under a Flood Watch through Monday night because of a slow moving storm system moving through the region Monday afternoon.

Rainfall totals are expected to be between two and three inches for the day, according to the NWS.

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