County gets another soaking

First Posted: 1/15/2009

LUMBERTON - Some parts of Robeson County got as much as 5 inches of rain on Saturday and Sunday.
That brings the four-day total to as much as 14 inches of precipitation across some parts of the county. But there were no reports of heavy flooding, primarily because the county has been so dry this year.
The heaviest rains fell in the southwest part of the county on Saturday and Sunday, according Mike Ross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
It is unclear how the heavy rains will affect local crops. Everette Davis, director of the county Cooperative Extension Service, was meeting with agents this morning and could not be reached for comment.
Areas in and around Pembroke, Raynham and Maxton got between 3 to 5 inches of precipitation over the weekend, Ross said. The numbers are only estimates until the final report is completed.
The northern half of the county saw fewer showers. About 2.02 inches of rain fell in Red Springs. The rain gauge at the Lumberton Municipal Airport recorded 2.95 inches for the weekend and 2.7 inches at the Lumberton Water Plant.
While several streets in Lumberton were temporarily washed out, there have been no reports of sustained flooding as of this morning, according to officials with the Robeson County Emergency Services office. Minimal power outages were reported.
More showers are expected tonight, but the county is expected to dry out over the next several days. More thunderstorms are likely later in the week.

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