Folly Beach power restored, flooding remains

SCE&G crews work to restore power on Folly Beach and Oak Island.
SCE&G crews work to restore power on Folly Beach and Oak Island.

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - All power has been restored to residents on Folly, but many of the roads are still flooded.

Residents are reporting up to 8 inches of water in their homes. Witnesses say that several inches of water has also flooded some streets and cars. Of the 2,600 homes that SCE&G reported being without power in Charleston County, many of those were on Folly Beach.

SCE&G crews say that the outages were caused by trees falling on power lines. They are still working to restore power to homes in other parts of the Lowcountry, including Charleston, James Island, and Isle of Palms.

Folly Beach Public Safety reported eastside streets from Center to Fourth Street were closed. Witnesses reported rainfall amounts of 5 to 7 inches across Johns Island, Folly Beach and Kiawah Island.

"I haven't seen rainfall like this in years.... maybe ten years," said Daniel Scruggs, a Folly Beach resident.

Folly Beach recently had small isolated drainage projects installed, but they were not enough to withstand the flooding from Wednesday.

"The heavy rains came in during high tide. Plus, this was a heavy amount of rainfall. The drainage projects are designed for average amounts.  What we saw today was definitely not average," said Jennie Flinn Davis, the public information officer with Charleston County.

The bad weather has not stopped people from trying to enjoy a day out on Folly.

"We saw people kayaking in the street. We didn't let it keep us inside," said Derrick Prejean, who is visiting the Lowcountry.

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