The first named storm of the 2013 hurricane season, Tropical Storm Andrea, passed through late last week, dropping some 2 inches of rainfall and prompting the county to declare a state of emergency on Thursday.
The worst of the rain and wind cleared out by the weekend. BCSO emergency management director Lt. Adam Faircloth described the emergency declaration as a precautionary step and the first required to receive recovery assistance from federal authorities.
No roads were closed due to the rain, but area ditches were full. The elevation of the St. Mary’s River rose steadily and reached 7.1 feet early Saturday before receding. The county was under a tornado warning until 10 pm Thursday, but none were reported. The emergency declaration ended Saturday.