Heavy rains cause street closures in downtown Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston police shut down several intersections on the Charleston peninsula Friday afternoon after prolonged rains caused flooding problems.

Currently the only intersection shut down due to flooding is Ashley Avenue north of Fishburne Street in the Wagener Terrace neighborhood.

According to the Charleston Police Department, the following intersections were closed to traffic due to flooding: King/Huger, Fishburne/Rutledge, King/Moultrie, and Ashley/Fishburne. North and South Market streets as well as Church and Market were also shut down briefly, but police reopened the roads around 3:30 p.m.

Chief Meteorologist Dave Williams said the downtown Charleston area has seen about 1.5 inches of rain since 1 p.m. that, combined with the already saturated ground, is making for the flooding issues.

He added that the tide is on its way out, which should alleviate some of the problems.

The rain will linger until Monday, which means the Lowcountry could see two or three inches of rain over the weekend.