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Columbia Police report localized flooding in various parts of city amid heavy rains

Police are urging drivers to avoid high-standing water.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood warning for east central Lexington County until 3:45 p.m. At 1:46 p.m., Doppler radar showed storms producing heavy rain across the area with between 1.5 and 3 inches falling.

According to the NWS, some locations that will experience flash flooding include Lexington, West Columbia, Cayce, Springdale, Oak Grove, Red Bank, South Congaree, Pine Ridge, Columbia Metro Airport, Guignard Park, and Barr Lake.

Major roadways impacted in the area include I-20 between mile markers 54 and 58, I-77 between mile markers 0 and 1, and I-26 between mile markers 111 and 115.

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Continued rainfall across parts of Columbia is starting to make its presence even more noticeable on the city's roads.

The Columbia Police Department reported that it was keeping an eye out for localized flooding - and it didn't take long to find some.

Photos showed standing water at 600 Canalside. Meanwhile, as of noon, police have reported that other flooded areas have sprung up. These include Main Street at Whaley Street, Huger at Blossom, Two Notch at Richland, and the second lane of Two Notch from Edgewood to Covenant.

By 12:35 p.m., Columbia Police had announced they would soon place barricades at Main and Whaley where the accumulation of water is starting to become a concern.

Given that the list likely isn't exhaustive, police urge drivers to avoid high-standing water rather than drive through it.

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