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Statesboro dries out after Sunday's torrential rain
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Statesboro was able to dry out for the most part Monday after torrential rains Sunday evening left the city underwater in several areas.

The National Weather Service reported at 10:30 p.m. Sunday that Doppler radar estimates indicated that more than 4.5 inches of rain had fallen in two hours.

The rain flooded parking lots, closed streets and the floodwaters even invaded some homes.

"We spent most of yesterday under a flash flood watch," Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said in an email issued Monday. "That became reality last night as several inches of rain in and around the area quickly flooded some streets and parking lots."

Statesboro police Cpl. Justin Samples said no injuries were reported, but officers were busy going door to door in low-lying, flooded areas, making sure residents were safe. There were some disabled and stranded vehicles as well, he said.

Wynn said at least one home was flooded on Johnson Street, and a Carmel Drive woman said the rainwater seeped into her home.

"My mom was sitting and doing homework (and) she heard the dogs walking in what she thought was water and thought they turned over a water dish..until she put her feet down on the floor," said Angie Washburn. Her mother then "... hollered ‘I need help in here.' There was three to four inches of water in the back bedroom."

Washburn and her father went outside to inspect the situation and found "standing water everywhere," she said. "We couldn't really pinpoint where the water was coming in."

Wynn said Fair Road's intersections with Gentilly Road and Herty Drive were closed because of flooding, while there were reports of water over the road in several areas, including Brannen Street at Midtown Bar & Grill, East Parrish Street at the railroad tracks, West Main and Proctor Streets, Sweetheart Circle and Dorman Drive on the Georgia Southern University campus.

Bulloch County remained under a flash flood watch Monday until 11 p.m., with more substantial rain possible. The storm that unleashed torrents Sunday evening seemed to remain stationary over the Statesboro area for some time before the rainfall began to subside, Wynn said.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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