Officials: All roads open following Mt. Pleasant sewage leak

Crews work on a ruptured sewer line.
Crews work on a ruptured sewer line.

It took nearly three days, but officials say Rifle Range Road and Long Grove Drive are now open to traffic after a ruptured sewage pipe released around 500,000 gallons of wastewater.

The pipe along Rifle Range Road burst Tuesday, releasing sewage into already-flooded areas. Crews have working around the clock to repair the pipe, which is taking longer than expected due to the size and nature of the break.

Environmental officials say the spill of a half million gallons of sewage could affect nearby oyster beds.

Rifle Range Road northbound from Franke Drive and southbound from the Isle of Palms Connector was closed to all traffic except for residents who live in that area. Long Grove Drive was completely closed to traffic.

Mount Pleasant Waterworks officials are also working to clean the waste that flowed into the pond near Seaside Farms.

Waterworks officials are asking Mount Pleasant to avoid contact with water in drainage ditches on Rifle Range Road near Seaside Farms; ponds adjacent to and in Seaside Farms; Inlet Swinton; Hamlin Creek; and Gray Bay north/west of the Intracoastal Waterway.

According to officials, the request is being issued as a precautionary measure.

Officials are also asking residents from Seaside Farms to Porcher Bluff Road to limit their use of flushing toilets and running water to help reduce the possibility of sewage overflows.

The oyster season opens next month.  Mount Pleasant Waterworks, along with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, are monitoring the situation.

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