Heavy, persistent rain leads to flooding Wednesday

Accumulated water from last week’s rain storm covered several roads in the Latimer city limits Wednesday. GREG FORBES/HAMPTON CHRONICLE

Heavy, non-stop rain in the area left a soggy mess last Wednesday.

From Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, parts of Franklin County recorded anywhere from 3.5 to 5 inches of rain. The rate of the rain, combined with already saturated ground from previous rainfalls led to flooding throughout the county.

“It’s accumulative of everything and there was just no place for the water to go,” said Franklin County Emergency Manager Thomas Craighton. “Last night (Tuesday) put us over the limit and creeks got out of the banks.”

Craighton estimated that between a dozen and two dozen rural roads were under water after the storm. While some roads were simply underwater, Craighton said other roads were washed out. He said the county’s secondary road crews will address those roads once the water recedes.

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