Charleston police issue list of road closures due to flooding
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Heavy rains pounded the area Wednesday just around rush hour, leaving downtown Charleston a flooded mess. Those who braved downtown traffic probably wish they had a boat.
For several hours, police directed traffic and set up road closures throughout downtown.
"It kind of gets in the way of your day when you're trying to go places and there's just water and you can't drive through it," said Joseph Curtis who was hoping for sunnier weather.
Some drivers took a chance, driving through the high-standing water on many of the roads.
"We just saw a Chevy and Mercedes stuck in the water," said Curtis.
The road closures created bumper to bumper traffic.
"It took me about an hour and a half to get here, and I live in West Ashley--so four or five miles took an hour and a half," said valet parker, Chris Dinapoli.
Dinapoli, witnessed mother nature take out part of a Wolfe Street building.
"It kind of sounded like a big crack of thunder, and I turned towards it--we saw the building just kind of crumbling," said Dinapoli.
For out of towners--The Holy City's flooding is an experience they won't soon forget.
"I'm from New Jersey. This is like real different from what I'm used to," said Phil Galiardo.
The Charleston County Rescue Squad was called out to be on standby Wednesday. A spokesperson for the agency says they did help at least one person trapped in a vehicle.
Charleston police said the following intersections have flashing traffic lights: Brigaide/Morrison and Mt. Pleasant/Rutledge.
According to Charleston police, the following areas were flooded and impassable:
America, Amherst to South impassible
All of Market St impassible
5th and Fiall impassible
Gordon from Rutledge to 12th impassible
Crosstown blocked at President heading North with barricades
Huger and King Street multiple vehicles blocking intersection
Ashley & Fishburne closed, multiple vehicles stuck
Ashley and Bennett
Calhoun- Bull to Smith
America between Cooper and Lee
N. Market between E. Bay and Concord requesting barricades due to flooding into restaurants
Ashley- Wentworth to Calhoun impassible
Crosstown- Northbound lanes #2 and #3 impassible, Lane #1 open
Church and Market Flooded, barricades requested at Cumberland
Calhoun at Concord
Beufain to Rutledge to Coming
Blocking off Coming north of WentworthMeeting & Huger Hampton Ct/Huger