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Soaked Upstate tries to clean up from, prepare for more rain

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Crews work on a sewage spill and broken pipe in Simpsonville along Bridge Fork Creek. (July 10, 2013/FOX Carolina) Crews work on a sewage spill and broken pipe in Simpsonville along Bridge Fork Creek. (July 10, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ReWa's command post keeps an eye on the weather and sewer issues in the area. (July 10, 2013/FOX Carolina) ReWa's command post keeps an eye on the weather and sewer issues in the area. (July 10, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The recent wet weather has left some towns trying to recover and others preparing for more damage as rain continues to feature in the forecast.

FOX Carolina Meteorologist Nicole Papay said because the last few days have seen pop-up showers and storms, leading to some significant flooding, and with more rain expected Thursday, a flash flood watch is in effect through 4 a.m. Friday for the entire Upstate, northeast Georgia and parts of western North Carolina.

Hart, Anderson and Greenwood counties also remain under a flood warning until further notice.

Papay said a cold front will push storms into the area on Thursday, bringing the chance for more widespread storms - and flooding. The flooding concern has been felt from Anderson to Greenwood, in Greenville County and in western North Carolina, as a lot of areas are continuing to deal with the weight of rain on roads, sewers and more.

In Simpsonville, public works crews have been on standby in case they have to tend  overflowing sewers after one sewer spilled into Gilder Creek downstream of Holland Road, according to ReWa representatives.

"We're discovering some locations where the riverbanks have eroded out and some sewer lines that have washed out," said Glen McManus, ReWa's director of operations.

McManus said the problems arising are so bad, they've set up a base camp with dozens of people working to repair what the rushing water forced out. He said they've discovered three locations where ReWa lost or had pipe damage because of flooding.

In Greenwood, the flooding caused problems in one neighborhood, forcing some to evacuate and others trying to dry out.

A few residents along Libby Lane in Mauldin were also evacuated because of the fast-moving high water. A shelter was re-opened Wednesday to help those displaced because of flooding.

Also in Mauldin, another sewer spilled near Muirwood Drive affecting the waters of Laurel Creek and the Reedy River.

It may be a few days before these rain-soaked regions have a chance to fully dry out and recover as Papay said storms will pop up in the afternoons starting Friday and into the next few days, though most areas should start to see more of a mix of sun and clouds.

She said starting Monday, the concern for more rain will increase.

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