Storm mostly south, rains still spark flooding

Steve Rogers
Staff Writer

Another round of unusually heavy rain-laden storms had West Point and Clay County emergency responders scrambling Thursday evening.

It was the third time in less than two weeks, including Saturday night which saw widespread flooding with torrential rains that produced as much as five inches of rain in some areas in less than two hours.

Thursday’s rains were spread out and less concentrated but given the previous weather, the passing storm created its share of localized flooding and downed trees.

Parts of Brame, Eshman, the east end of Main, Broad, and Miller streets, among others, reported some flooding as of 6 p.m. as the heaviest part of the rain moved into Lowndes and Monroe counties. Most of those areas cleared quickly as the rain slacked off and the drainage systems were able to catch up.

Trees also were reported down on Highway 47, Highway 50 and Camp Seminole Road. Isolated wind gusts and saturated ground contributed to falling trees.

As of 6:30 p.m., 4-County Electric had 68 customers in Clay County with power out, including 10 just west of West Point and 48 in an area between Cedar Bluff and Montpelier.