Rain closes more streets, city offices to close at 2 p.m.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Charleston Police Department announced Thursday that the following streets are closed due to flooding.

Officials say Ashley Avenue at Broad Street to Meeting Street is passable with high-water vehicles. Shorter vehicles may get stuck.

  • Rutledge/Fishburne -- one lane is now open.
  • Ashley/Bennett to Calhoun
  • Meeting/Atlantic to South Battery is closed due to a water main break

Officials said water will be shut off to the area south of Broad Street while repairs are made to the water main. It is unclear how long the repairs will take.

Reopened streets:

  • Huger at King Street
  • Calhoun
  • The Crosstown
  • Market Street
  • George between Coming and St Philip
  • Ashley/Fishburne to Hampton Park
  • President to Line
  • Ashley Street between Tradd and Broad
  • Hagood/Fishburne

CARTA officials took to Twitter to announce express buses were running as scheduled, but may experience delays due to heavy traffic from flooding & inclement weather.

      According to the City of Charleston, city offices will be closing at 2 p.m. due to inclement weather moving into the area. But the city has plans to run normally on Friday, a statement read.City of Charleston officials said the Judicial Center, the Wallace Building and the Historic Courthouse would all be closing at 2 p.m. Outpatient services at the Charleston Center will be suspended at 2 p.m. Staff will remain at the inpatient facility, however.

      The Charleston County Public Library also closes downtown branches at 2 p.m.{}

      CCPL's Main Library at 68 Calhoun Street and the John L. Dart Library at 1067 King Street are closing at 2 p.m. due to severe weather and expected afternoon flooding in downtown Charleston. The book drops at both locations also will be close.

      Officials said both branches are expected to reopen at their regular times on Friday, August 16.

      Charleston County School District will be closing offices early and releasing all employees at 2 p.m. Spokesperson Jason Sakran said this includes staff at Bridge View and Calhoun Street.

      The City Market Hospitality Association has canceled its event Thursday evening, Taste of the Market, due to potential flooding and rain, organizers announced.

      Pups, Yups & Food Trucks at Palmetto Islands County Park has also been canceled due to rain, but organizers said they are rescheduling for August 29.

      The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission also announced that the Wannamaker North Trail is closed until further notice because of the rain.

      The Medical University of South Carolina is still open and operational for now. Officials there have no plans to cancel classes Thursday as a result of the rain and flooding.

      To report non-emergency flood related issues, please call 720-3795 or 720-3047. To report an emergency, dial 911.