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By Beka Thompson
The Times 

Flooding, wildfires just another element of 2020

As though a new virus wasn't enough, the year threw some wild weather into the mix

 

December 31, 2020

Lane Gwinn

The 2020 flood as seen from Preston Ave

WAITSBURG-Keeping with the 'chaos' theme of the year, 2020 offered some extreme weather events.

On Tuesday, February 4, the National Weather Service reported 3.8" of snowfall in the area. On February 5, the snow was washed away by .69" of rainfall, setting a short-lived record. On Friday, February 6, the rainfall record was surpassed once again, with the area receiving .91" in less than 24 hours.

The frozen ground, paired with heavy precipitation and sudden, warm weather, created the perfect conditions for muddy water to break the riverbanks on Lower Hogeye Road, just outside the county l...



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