- Record-setting rainfall

Flooding was severe just after noon last Saturday on Highway A at the James River bridge.

To most, 2020 will be remembered as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But to many in southern Webster County, 2020 will be remembered as the year of rain.

Record-setting rain.

Last week, nearly 8 inches of rain fell in the city of Seymour. The actual total was 7.7 inches.

A total of 2.65 inches fell last Thursday.

And according to Roger Cross, supervisor of the city of Seymour’s wastewater-treatment plant, the rainfall total for 2020 in the city is 42.1 inches.

That’s through just 4-1/2 months of the year.

The average annual rainfall total for Seymour is just over 50 inches.

Cross said that in April, 11.8 inches of rain fell here.

In May, that tally was at 10.9 inches as of Monday.

Rain in southern Webster County caused several road and bridge closures last week, including several on state highways, such as the James River bridge on Highway A, which was closed on several occasions last Saturday.

More rain is forecasted this week.

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