Saluda River expected to hit flood stage Sunday


Residents of the lower mill village in Pelzer should be aware that the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Saluda River from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon. The river bank full stage is 11.0 feet. Minor flood stage is 12.0 feet.

According to the NWS, the river is expected to rise above minor flood stage Sunday morning and crest at 12.4 feet and is expected to fall below minor flood stage by Monday morning.

At 12 feet, flooding of woodlands and fields downstream of the gage at Pelzer will occur. NWS is advising that flooding of a home near Culbertson Court and Arden Road in Greenville County and some homes on Adger street in Anderson County will most likely occur.

Forecast – A Wind Advisory remains in effect until 8 am EDT Sunday for northeast Georgia, upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina.

Strong wind gusts will combine with saturated soils to create the possibility of numerous downed trees. Easterly winds will increase across the area today into tonight… before very slowly abating by late Sunday.

Winds will be northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 to 40 mph.

Saturated soils from recent and upcoming heavy rainfall may weaken root systems and allow strong wind gusts to knock down numerous trees. The falling trees may result in power outages, block roadways… and pose a hazard to life and property.

Some storm related damage was reported last night in the Piedmont area:

Non-thunderstorm wind damage was reported by law enforcement. The SC Highway Patrol reported a tree down at river Rd and Ross St.