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In a short period of time Monday evening, approximately nearly 4 inches of rain fell on Wayne County. The rain came in two major storms. The first hit the area around 4:30 p.m. the second storm moved through the region around 10 p.m.
According to precipitation totals from Clearwater Lake, 3.43 inches of rain fell between May 15 and 1:30 a.m. May 16. The two storms caused flooding issues for many area residents as water invaded basements. Some roads were impassable as creeks jumped their banks.
The National Weather Service said that Piedmont, Greenville, Sam A. Baker State Park, Lake Wappapello State Park, Williamsville, Lodi, Shook, Wappapello, Cascade and Mill Spring were affected by floodwaters.
In the Piedmont area, water crossed Highway 34 near Johnson Feed Store and again at the Pit Stop. Firefighters were dispatched around 11:30 p.m. Monday to help with rescues. The entrance into Meadowbrook Subdivision was washed out.
Before the water started to recede, McKenzie Creek jumped its banks near Elm Street and backed up into the greenway. Water was backed up in front of Turnbough Building Supply. According to a store spokesperson, Turnbough’s experienced minor flooding, but escaped without any damage. They opened for business as usual at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. Their gravel parking lot was washed out by the floodwaters.
Many areas lost power during the storm. At 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, residents of Patterson and Greenville were reporting power outages.
Folks shared reports of damage on social media. For example, it was reported the low-water bridge on Country Road 341 by Peach Tree has some washout damage. There was debris on the roadway between Piedmont and Patterson.
Others issued pleas for assistance as floodwaters entered their basements. Friends and neighbors offered tools to clean up messes in many cases.
Angela Clyburn, chairman of the Village of Mill Spring Board of Trustees, said Mill Spring was flooding. All three bridges across the creek that runs through Mill Spring was flooded. She reported that water was also across Main Street in places.