Thirsty Lowcountry gets much-needed steady rain

A barefoot woman makes her way across a flooded road between sheds at Charleston's Market on Wednesday.

It was wet and dreary Wednes-day, but it was the perfect weather to quench the Lowcountry's thirst.

A warm front off the coast brought 1 to 3 inches of rainfall to parts of the Charleston area, but that still leaves the region more than 10 inches shy of normal rainfall for the year, Steven Taylor, senior forecaster for the National Weather Service in Charleston, said.

The forecaster said steady rain is expected for most of today, but the skies will begin to clear Friday.

Downtown Charleston typically sees flooding with the amount of rain the city got Wednesday, but the slow, steady nature of the showers allowed drains to quickly disperse the runoff, said Laura Cabiness, Charleston's public service director.

"We're still expecting a couple of more days of rain, so we're watching and keeping an eye on things, but we haven't gotten the downpour that causes a lot of problems," Cabiness said.

High astronomical tides since about Sept. 25 have kept creeks and marshes filled one or two feet higher with water, and beach erosion was reported on Folly Beach and at Wild Dunes, Taylor said.

"The risk of minor flooding will be moderate for the next day or so," he said.