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Crosstown reopens, other Charleston area streets remain closed for flooding

Heavy flooding reported on Charleston crosstown Friday morning (WCIV/Jarrett Cochran)

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m. - Charleston Police say all lanes of the Crosstown through Charleston have reopened to traffic after the entire thoroughfare was closed Friday morning for flooding caused by heavy rains.

Northbound lanes of the Crosstown opened shortly before 1 p.m., followed be southbound lanes. Several other streets in Charleston and North Charleston remain closed.

The National Weather Service in Charleston estimates 4-6 inches of rain fell across parts of the Charleston area Friday.

The Avondale area of West Ashley through Charleston to Daniel Island received the most rain, meteorologists say.

A Flash Flood Watch for the Charleston Tri-County area will remains in effect through 9 p.m., with decreasing rain chances continuing east of I-95 into the evening.

See a list of current street closures below.

CHARLESTON - CLOSED

  • E. Bay St. @ Cumberland St.
  • King St. @ Huger St.
  • N. Market St. @ E. Bay St.
  • Gamecock Ave.
  • Barre St.
  • Ashley Ave.
  • Wentworth St. @ Barre St.
  • Bull St. @ Gadsen St.
  • Gadsden St. @ Bennett St.
  • Gadsden St. @ Bull St.
  • Gadsden St. @ Halsey St.

CHARLESTON - LANES BLOCKED

  • Calhoun St. b/t Rutledge Ave. & Ashley Ave.
  • Calhoun St. b/t Smith St. & Rutledge Ave.
  • Calhoun St. @ Alexander
  • Avondale Ave.

NORTH CHARLESTON - CLOSED

  • Spruill Ave. @ Kingsworth Ave.
  • Noisette Blvd. bridge
  • King St. Ext. @ Azalea Dr.
  • Meeting St. @ Echo Ave.
  • Captain Ave. @ Remus St.

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(ORIGINAL STORY)

Several downtown streets were blocked early Friday morning as heavy rain poured across a wide swath of the Lowcountry.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for most of the Charleston peninsula until 8:00 a.m., according to ABC News 4 Meteorologist Emily Gracey.

The Charleston Police Department asked drivers to delay travel into downtown due to streets being flooded.

A number of cars were left stranded on East Bay Street and Romney Street due to flooding.

Traffic backed up on the Crosstown as drivers attempted to cross through downtown. Police were seen in the area attempting to direct traffic.

Heavy rain extended outward to portions of Berkeley and Dorchester County.

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