Several counties under flood watch as rain continues into weekend

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GREENVILLE, SC – Greenville was one of several Upstate counties Thursday, that were cast under a Flood Watch as the rain continued.
 
As wet conditions made for a sloppy Thursday for construction workers out near Cleveland Park, some people in the area were just thankful it wasn’t worse.

“We’re really just taking advantage of today just to get out because it’s not pouring down rain,” said Cheyenne Vernon, holding a young child she nannies for.
 
Vernon said the two decided to make the most of it.
 
“It’s really made it a fun day to come out and find some muddy puddles to jump in.”
 
But the week of rain has already caused concern as rivers continue to swell.
 
In downtown Greenville, the Reedy River appeared brown as it carried mud with it’s strong current.
 
The River Street underpass in the area was also underwater and closed off to the public.
 
“The ground is really saturated so you know, there are instances where we could have localized flooding and if so, if the roads are blocked off, please don’t go around the barriers because it can take only a foot of water to wash your car away,” warned Jay Marret, Deputy Director of Greenville County Emergency Management.
 
Marret said that because the ground was already saturated from excessive rain, a flood watch was put in effect.
 
He also warned that the wet soil could lend to uprooted trees.
 
“Every once in a while you’re going to have that person who’s in too big of a hurry or just thinks that it’s not going to happen to them, and very often they end up being in a situation that they’re going to be in public safety’s help to get out of,” he told 7 News.

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