Dec 10, 2018

Winter Storm Diego Floods the Southeast

South Carolina and Texas were hit hard by the winter storm’s floods

Southeast experiences floods following Winter Storm Diego
Southeast experiences floods following Winter Storm Diego

Winter Storm Diego brought heavy rainfall and flooding to parts of the Southeast over the weekend. The winter storm caused flash floods throughout the south and a tornado in Florida’s Pasco County.

In South Carolina, downtown Charleston experienced flooding, as rain coincided with high tide, as reported by The Weather Channel. A flood warning was issued for the Congaree River in the state as well.

In Florida, an EF1 tornado caused power outages and fallen trees in Pasco County. Flash flood warnings were issued for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in the Panhandle and multiple roadways were flooded.

Further west, Alabama faced flash flood warnings and heavy rainfall triggered street flooding in Mobile. According to the Mobile Area Water & Sewer System, the rain caused sewers to overflow and released more than 55,000 gal of wastewater and storm water.

According to ABC News, Houston and San Antonio, Texas, experienced flash floods and high standing water. Several high water rescues were performed and roadways throughout eastern Texas were impassable. The Harris County Flood Control District reported that some areas received between 4 and 6 in. of rainfall.