MOULTRIE — The sun shone brightly Sunday after Saturday’s afternoon of storms that dumped almost 5 inches of rain on Moultrie and more than that elsewhere in the county.

The weather station at Spence Field recorded 4.98 inches of rainfall Saturday, while the U.S. Geologic Survey site at Reed Bingham State Park recorded 5.82 inches.

Most but not all of the park’s rain came between 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., when 5.37 inches fell. The U.S. Geologic Survey website — a link to which is at left — records precipitation every 15 minutes. The park received just less than one inch of rain during a single 15-minute period ending at 4:30 p.m., the heaviest part of the storm there.

Anyone whose personal rain gauge recorded a different amount can e-mail that result to Observer reporter Alan Mauldin at alan.mauldin@gaflnews.com for a follow-up story planned for Tuesday's edition. Personal observations or experiences during the storm can be e-mailed to him as well. Please include a phone number so he can contact you if he needs more information.

Damage from the storm was still apparent Sunday. Creeks and rivers are far out of their banks. Dirt roads are damaged, and crews worked through the night to barricade impassible roads and put warnings on areas where water crossed the roadways. County Roads and Bridges Superintendent Charles Weathers predicted on Saturday that the job would probably last through Sunday. Cleanup and repairs would take 10 to 15 days, he said, assuming good weather.

A block of East Central Avenue in Moultrie remains closed to traffic after a wall at the former Holman Supply Co. building collapsed Saturday afternoon. The building is planned for demolition, but a gust of wind is being blamed for bringing the wall down Saturday. City work crews cleared the debris from the roadway and piled it where the wall formerly stood. However, barricades were still in place Sunday afternoon, as were yellow caution tape and a dangling cable from a nearby traffic light.

Late Saturday night, the Southwest Georgia Health District issued a boil water advisory for anyone using a private well because floodwaters could carry bacteria into the well water.

Other concerns are water that may still be across some roads, concealing from drivers any damage that may be under the water, and animals that may have been forced from their lairs. In particular, be alert for venomous snakes.

The weather forecast at www.weather.com calls for clear skies tonight and mostly sunny weather on Monday, but thunderstorms are expected to return Tuesday afternoon. The prediction calls for a 70 percent chance of rain Tuesday, followed by 50 percent Wednesday and rain chances from 10 to 60 percent every day through April 7.

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