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Recent rains have caused area rivers to swell and more water is on the way.

About half of an inch of rain has fallen at the Orangeburg Municipal Airport over the last four days, according to the National Weather Service.

More showers are forecast for the Orangeburg area through Friday evening due to a weak frontal boundary that has become stationary over the region. There’s a 50 percent chance of rain on Thursday and a 90 percent chance on Friday.

Between 1 inch to 1-1/2 inches of rain are forecast to fall through Friday.

Weather conditions will begin to dry out this weekend into next week as a strong cold front moves through the area. Temperatures behind the front will be slightly warmer than normal for this time of year.

High temperatures through the weekend are forecast to be in the low- to mid-60s. Low temperatures will drop to the low 40s over the weekend.

A flood warning remains in effect for the Congaree River at Carolina Eastman.

The Congaree River at Carolina Eastman was at 117.2 feet above sea level Wednesday morning. The river's flood stage is 115 feet.

It’s forecast to crest at 117.5 feet at 7 a.m. Sunday. At this stage, minor flooding occurs at the Carolina Eastman site.

The South Fork of the Edisto River near Denmark and Bamberg is forecast to remain well below flood stage this week.

The North Fork of the Edisto River in Orangeburg was at about 7 feet on Wednesday morning. It is forecast to reach about 7.1 feet Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.

The North Fork's level is forecast to even out and fall slightly heading into the weekend.

The river's flood stage is 8 feet. The recent rains did cause the river to reach its crest of 7.39 feet Sunday morning.

Individuals are reminded to never drive vehicles through flooded areas and to never allow children to play in or near flood waters.

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Staff Writer

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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