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Flooding cripples Upstate towns, washing out some roads

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Part of Gerrard Road is washed away in Anderson County. (July 9, 2013/FOX Carolina) Part of Gerrard Road is washed away in Anderson County. (July 9, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Patrick Tighe's flooded car in Mauldin. (July 8, 2013/FOX Carolina) Patrick Tighe's flooded car in Mauldin. (July 8, 2013/FOX Carolina)
The sinkhole at Harness Trail and Highway 14. (July 8, 2013/FOX Carolina) The sinkhole at Harness Trail and Highway 14. (July 8, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

After a few hours of heavy rain, some Upstate towns saw significant flooding and subsequent damage on Tuesday.

Most of the rain receded late Monday night and Tuesday should be mostly dry during the early parts of Tuesday, according to FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent. She said the ground has been saturated with water from all the rain the area has been experiencing.

The saturated grounds left some Upstate roads damaged Tuesday. A few road gave way under the weight of the water in Anderson County, according to Taylor Jones with the county's Emergency Services department.

Jones said drivers should use caution where roads may be washed out or closed, including along Gerrard Road near Centerville and Hattons Ford Road near Townville - where two utility truck were damaged Tuesday morning.

The large hole that formed along Gerrard Road was because a 72" concrete culvert was lost. Drivers will be detoured onto Centerville Road and Dion Road.

Jones said emergency officials responded to 42 calls overnight about flooding concerns Anderson County.

More rain in forecast for northeast Georgia, western Carolinas

Meteorologist Nicole Papay said though Tuesday will remain mostly dry, as the heat and humidity builds later in the day, more showers and storms could pop up.

The already-saturated ground and high stream levels could lead to flooding later in the day, Papay said. She said the storms that pop up will be slow-moving, so isolated areas could see an inch or more of rain in a very short time, increasing the flooding concern.

Some Upstate towns experienced flooding on Monday because of a similar weather system. A storm formed in east Greenville, and it never really moved, according to Kent. Kent said there wasn't much movement in the atmosphere to help push the storm, so it just sat over the city, flooding creeks and roads in its path.

The worst flooding was reported in Taylors and Mauldin with additional reports in Greenville and Simpsonville. There were also some flooding reports in Anderson County.

Flood waters rise quickly in Greenville County

The Red Cross opened a shelter in Mauldin on Monday night at the First Baptist Church on 150 South Main St. but closed Tuesday morning because no residents needed safe shelter during the night. Officials said 10 people were evacuated from their homes on Monday.

Some areas in Mauldin saw several feet of water. Along East Butler Road, a rising creek flooded streets, cars and businesses. One gas station saw the waters rise.

"You can see it, over the roads," said Kalpesh Patel, the East Butler Road store owner. "It was running over the roads before it came into the store. Never went over by the pump, but it's been raining so hard, and there's so much of it."

Drivers are reminded not to drive through flooded roads, even if they don't appear to be deep. One driver learned firsthand Monday how quickly a car can flood.

"It didn't look deep at all," said driver Patrick Tighe, whose car was submerged. "It was fine, and then all of the sudden it just went deeper and dove down, and the car died and filled up with water."

The heavy downpours also caused a large sinkhole in Greenville County near Five Forks and Woodruff. The hole opened up at Harness Trail and Highway 14 on Monday. Emergency dispatchers said the sinkhole was as big as a car.

Nearby residents said this is not the first time this has happened, saying that sinkholes have been patched up before. There is no word yet on when the road will be repaired.

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