Sheriff's Office urges caution with rain, flooding

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is urging people to drive with extreme caution Sunday as heavy rains move through the Lowcountry, giving rise to flooding concerns.{}

Officials said Sunday morning that Folly Road near Camp Road and Fort Johnson Road are seeing some ponding and are currently underwater.{}

Rain is expected for most of the day, so CCSO officials are urging people who must drive to allow for extra time and to slow down and avoid area with large pockets of standing water.

At 8:30 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for minor flooding in poor drainage areas in parts of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. That advisory is set to expire at 10:15 a.m.

There is also a flash flood warning until 11:30 a.m. for the same counties.

The NWS says that people can also expect flooding along the Crosstown, East Bay Street and Morrison Drive.{}

Charleston police said there are a dozen areas on the western side of the peninsula that are experiencing flooding. They are:{}


  • Hagood Avenue & Horizon Street
  • Fishburne Street & Hagood Avenue
  • Fishburne Street & President Street
  • Fishburne Street & Ashley Avenue
  • Lockwood /Bull/Bennett/Gadsden area
  • Spring Street & President Street (outer lanes)
  • President Street & Cannon Street
  • President Street & Bogard Street
  • Ashley Avenue & Sumter Street
  • Tradd Street & Ashley Avenue
  • Calhoun Street & Ogier Street
  • Ashley Avenue & MUSC Horseshoe


The rain has caused delays for the Spring Jam Music Festival already. Event organizers said the start time to the festival was being pushed back to noon because of the rain.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected through most of the day on Sunday. Rain could be heavy at times and forecast models are{}indicating rainfall totals between 1 to 2 inches.

The severe threat has increased slightly and now the southern edge of the area is under a slight risk from the Storm Prediction Center. A few{}strong or severe thunderstorms will be possible, but primary threats will be gusty winds{}and hail.{}

The wet weather{}should come to an end by{}this evening as the cold front slides offshore. More cool air moves in from Canada early next week, but the sun will return.