Authorities concerned about increasing crowds at Flowertown festival

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville's Flowertown festival features crafts, crowds and a lot of cars. Resident Thomas Hedge has seen it first hand.

Every year the front of his house turns into a parking lot.

"What happens, people will park along the road. So I'm still blocked in. What I have to do is prepare to spend three days in isolation," Hedge says. "If an emergency comes up, I need to get out for some reason, I probably couldn't."

Cops are concerned for Hedge and all the other residents who live in the area where the festival is held.

"What we're seeing is in the peripheral streets around the festival there's no way a fire truck or an ambulance and sometimes a police car can get down some of those streets," said Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers

Capt. Rogers says parking cars on just one side of the street will not work.

"The problem is we have so many people that come in, even if we say okay, you can park on one side of the road, what are you going to do with all those other vehicles?" said Capt. Rogers.

The festival is run by the Summerville YMCA as a fundraiser. Officials declined to comment until after Friday's meeting. Hedge believes the festival is a victim of it's own success.

"Is it outgrowing itself? Probably so. I think some changes are needed. Definitely," Hedge says.

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