Polk lowers Lake Adger
Current rain could last through mid-week
MILL SPRING—After a month of less than normal totals, the area could see a month’s worth of rain in the next few days.
Because of the threat of flooding, Polk County decided to lower the level of Lake Adger by 5 feet this week.
“With heavy rain forecasted for our area through mid-next week, the water level of Lake Adger is being lowered 5 feet in preparation of the event,” said Polk County Emergency Management Director Bobby Arledge.
Other local departments also put out notices this week, including the Landrum Fire & Rescue District.
The Weather Prediction Center of the National Weather Service at Greenville/Spartanburg anticipates a slight risk of excessive rainfall Friday into Friday night and a moderate risk Saturday into Saturday night.
The prediction caused Polk County High School’s graduation to be moved Friday night from the stadium to the Tryon International Equestrian Center amphitheater.
The area is expected to receive up to 5 inches of rain from Friday and over the weekend and the normal for the month of June is 5.38 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
“A cut off low pressure system, bolstered by tropical moisture will slowly approach the region this weekend, bringing a humid air mass and rounds of heavy rain with isolated flooding and flash flooding possible,” said the Landrum Fire Department, which said they will continue to monitor the situation and post updates as necessary.
The system is pulling moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and at some times is expected to be heavy rain and thunderstorms in the Upstate as well as the mountains of western North Carolina. The first band of heavy rains began early Friday and continued through the rest of the day. Rain was expected to continue into Monday, with chances of some flooding in the area.
Most of the area is expected to see 3 to 5 inches of rain over the weekend. The front is expected to leave the area by Tuesday, although there are chances of rain Wednesday and Thursday as well.