Several Upstate, WNC counties under flood advisories as TD Sally moves into the area

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Tropical Depression Sally will be moving through Georgia and South Carolina Thursday.

Our 7 Weather team said Sally will bring heavy rain and local flooding with 2-4 inches of rainfall throughout the day.

A flood watch will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Friday.

Temperatures will stay in the upper 60s to low 70s.

The highest rain totals will be south of the Upstate, closer to Columbia. The rain will come out this evening.

IMPACT IN THE AREA

OCONEE COUNTY

In Oconee County, emergency management teams prepared for the worst. They didn’t experience any major issues, except for areas that are prone to flooding.

This including the area of Avondale Drive in Seneca, where Mandee Kapps lives.

“It’s been doing like once a year but not as bad as it was doing last year and this year,” Kapp said. “We keep praying every time it rains don’t let it flood.”

Oconee County Emergency Management Director Scott Krein said the team always keeps an eye on flood prone areas.

“We have a lot of problems there and new actually put a secondary access for emergencies into that area a few years ago just for public safety,” Krein said.

And, he said, they do prep work as well to keep the water off the roads.

“We wanted to make sure our low lying areas are taken care of, that our culverts and bridges aren’t blocked,” Krein said.

ANDERSON COUNTY

Anderson County Emergency Management said things were fairly quiet in their area, despite what they prepared for ahead of time.

“We were expecting a substantial more amount of rainfall than we actual received. Four to six inches was the estimated amount for today. I think we’re probably half of that,” said David Baker, Director of Anderson County Emergency Management.

Places like Homeland Park, Belton, Pendleton, Starr, and Iva were all under a flood warning for most of the day.

Robert Hardy, the owner of the Westside Party Shop near Booker Street in Anderson, said typically water from a nearby stream causes flooding on his land.

“Well it’s just rising in my backyard, but normally when it rains real bad and floods, it be over on Booker Street,” Hardy said.

The biggest impacts can usually been seen on the street behind his lot.

“It fills up back there. They have to have boats to get those people out,” he added.

Emergency Management kept an eye on this area and many others. They said they were proactive before the storm, which they believe resulted in minor impacts.  

“This morning we had a pretty substantial amount come down quickly. We did see a lull unfortunately which allowed the drainage to pick up that water and carry it on. So we weren’t holding a lot of water in a lot our areas that are prone to flooding,” Baker said.

Crews were staged throughout the County ready to respond to any roads and bridge outrages.

While this storm system didn’t leave a big mark, the County still wants everyone on guard.

“We just need people to use good common sense. And if you’re not certain of the road conditions and things like that, it’s better to stay off of those particular roads and turn around and find an alternative route,” Baker said.

Hardy said he’s just glad things didn’t turn out worst.

“I’m definitely happy it didn’t come up my way,” Hardy exclaimed.

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