As cities clean up, Edinburgh area next in line for high water woes

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Vehicles attempt to cross a flooded U.S. 31 north of Edinburgh. The highway has signs that it was closed Monday, but some motorists still attempted to get through the flooding.

Greenwood street department workers Kai Werden, Barry Moore and Bobby Wallen fill a pothole on Meridian Street opened by the heavy rain this week in Greenwood.

More than a dozen roads including U.S. 31 are still closed and homeowners are drying out basements after flooding during the weekend, but water continues to rise in rivers and creeks in southern Johnson County.

Johnson County Commissioners declared a local emergency Monday morning after about 5 inches of rain fell in the county over the weekend, causing flooding that closed more than 80 roads and led to evacuations and water rescues.

The emergency declaration is one of the first steps necessary in trying to get federal disaster relief that could help home and business owners pay to replace lost items or repair damage, Johnson County Emergency Management director Stephanie Sichting said.

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