Columbus records rainiest February ever

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 25, 2013 

While this has been the wettest February in Columbus history, it is unlikely the record for the wettest month will be reached.

WRBL meteorologist Bob Jeswald said Monday the Columbus area has passed the February rainfall record of 9.41 inches. With 10.5 inches already and more rain expected this morning, the total was not expected to be even close for Columbus to top the all-time record of 13.6 inches in December 2009.

"The heaviest rains should be south of us," Jeswald said.

Places such as Dothan and Enterprise in Alabama might have flooding problems that Columbus escaped. There have been no flood warnings here.

Jeswald said the rain is welcome but the drought remains.

"The rain does help the farmers," he said. "It recharges some ponds and small lakes. But, it can take years to get out of a drought."

He said a strong rain followed by several dry weeks does not get the job done.

There is no more serious rain forecast for Columbus until March 6.

Because of the rain, the West Central Health District has sent out a news release saying people using private wells that have been flooded should take precautions against waterborne illnesses by boiling well water for two minutes and then straining it before consumption.

"If your private well flooded, please limit consumption to bottled water or boil well water for two minutes at a rolling boil and strain it before using it to brush your teeth, prepare food or drinks. The water need not be boiled for other domestic activities such as washing laundry or bathing," said James Deal, the Environmental Health District director.

Disinfection of flooded private wells can't begin until water covering the affected wells recedes.

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