Flood warning in effect for the Congaree River until Thursday night
Richland and Lexington counties have received lots of rain in the last few days. The upper parts of the Broad and Saluda Rivers have also gotten lots of rainfall. That river water is now flowing down to the Congaree River.
The Congaree River at Columbia is expected to crest below flood stage on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Congaree Riverkeeper, but water levels will still be somewhat high, and there may be flooding along the Cayce and West Columbia riverwalks.
The Congaree River at Congaree National Park will likely crest later in the week near minor flood stage.
These river forecasts may change depending on additional rainfall amounts and upstream dam operations.
A Tuesday post from Congaree National Park reads: “The Congaree River is currently at 15.31 ft high and rising; Cedar Creek is at 7.07 ft high and rising. Flooding conditions are present in the park. Flooding will likely affect all of the trails in the Congaree Floodplain. Backcountry camping and paddling are not recommended at this time.”
There is a Flood Warning for The Congaree in effect until Thursday, at 10 p.m., according to the U.S. National Weather Service. The Flood Warning is for the Congaree River At Carolina Eastman. Flood stage there is 115 feet.
Minor flooding is forecast. The river will rise above flood stage Wednesday morning and Crest around 115.1 feet early Wednesday afternoon.
The river will fall below flood stage by Wednesday night, according to the NWS. Flooding occurs in low lying areas of the Carolina Eastman Facility and at the Congaree National Park.