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Storms flood homes, streets in Columbus

A severe thunderstorm in Columbus dumped about 3.8 inches of rain and flooded some homes, streets and yards today throughout the city.

Storms moved through the area in the morning and another came through in the mid afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

City crews responded to flooding in 14 homes, 57 streets and 42 yards as well as six fallen trees, including one that fell across Weracoba Creek, the city manager’s office said. Most of the more than 300 calls the city received Saturday came from south and east Columbus.

Parts of the Chattahoochee RiverWalk were also submerged by water during the storm, including areas near the River Club, the Columbus Convention and Trade Center and the Columbus Water Works building off South Lumpkin Road.

Since Friday, Columbus has received almost 5 inches altogether, according to the the National Weather Service.

Columbus City Manager Isaiah Hugley said he was pleased with the city’s response to Saturday’s severe weather. Prior to the rainy weekend, the city had identified “hot spots” where homes had flooded the last time the city experienced heavy rainfall on Feb. 28.

City workers placed barricades in those area beforehand “so we would not waste time,” Hugley said Saturday, and they checked in during the day.

“It worked well for us today and I think we minimized what could have been,” he said.Though some Columbus residents saw flooding, no homes experienced major power outages, said Robert Watkins, Georgia Power spokesperson.

“We didn’t have any major storm-related outages in Columbus all day,” he said.Neither did any homes in East Alabama, said Jan Ellis with Alabama Power.

About 36 Georgia Power customers were without power in Pine Mountain this morning. Nine crew members worked throughout the day to restore power to the Harris County customers and by 3 p.m., most had their power back, Watkins said.

A flood watch was in effect until 4 a.m. Sunday. The forecast for today will be mostly sunny with a high near 64 degrees. Wind gusts are expected as high as 25 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 40 degrees and wind gusts as high as 20 mph.

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