Storm system soaks Columbus with more than 7 inches of rain

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 13, 2013 

How much has it rained on Columbus this week?

WRBL chief meteorologist Bob Jeswald helps us count the ways:

• Tuesday's deluge set a record of 3.13 inches for the date.

• That exceeds the total amount of rain Columbus received in six individual months last year.

• That also exceeds the 2.17 inches in October and November combined.

• As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, the system that arrived Sunday dumped 7.52 inches of rain.

Pat Biegler, director of the city's public works department, said about 30 reports of flooding were called in Tuesday. Numbers weren't available for Wednesday.

Intersections got the most of the department's attention.

"A good part of it was following heavy inundations," Biegler said, "when the intersections fill up but drain away by the time we get there."

Other flooded spots were Cooper Creek Park and a home adjacent to the ditch along Morningside Drive, she said.

"It could have been a lot worse," Biegler said.

And you can thank David Welborn if your property didn't flood.

Biegler praised Welborn for his performance in the position of inlet inspector. Welborn clears those sewer openings and calls in work orders for the ones that need major work. He has inspected nearly half of the city's 45,000 inlets in the past year, Biegler said. Each inlet was getting looked at maybe every 10 years before the city created the position and transferred Welborn about a year ago, she said.

The rain was supposed to move out Wednesday night, leaving room for dry, arctic air to visit this weekend, when temperatures should dip into the 20s and have a tough time reaching the 50s, Jeswald said. Our next chance for rain looks like it will be Tuesday, he said.

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