All downtown roads reopened after flooding recedes

Flooding at Cooper and Hanover streets. (Source: Lisa Weismann)
Flooding at Cooper and Hanover streets. (Source: Lisa Weismann)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say flooding caused by heavy rainfall on Tuesday has receded and all roads have been reopened to traffic.

According to Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis, all streets were reopened to traffic by noon.

Earlier, flooding was reported on the Crosstown, as well as at a number of intersections, including: Morrison Drive at Jackson Street; Kennedy Street and President Street; Wentworth Street at Barre Street; Bennett Street at Gadsden Street, and Horizon Street at Fishburne Street.

Francis also said barricades were placed at the following locations in case they are needed later: Drake and Amherst; Drake and South; Cooper and Morrison; Aiken and Line; Aiken and Hampden, and Smith and Morris.

Police advised motorists to avoid those areas.

The National Weather Service has also released reports of standing water at the corner of Ashley Avenue and Calhoun Street, and Weekend Anchor and Reporter Lisa Weismann spotted lots of standing water at Cooper and Hanover streets on the East Side.

High tide was recorded at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, and Live 5 Meteorologist Justin Lock says the heavy rain will continue for the next few hours with the heaviest rain ending by lunchtime.  The rain is becoming more scattered, according to Lock.

Most of the rain should be gone by rush hour, Lock added.  A flash flood warning was issued for western Charleston County, south central Berkeley County, and southeaster Dorchester County until 12:30 p.m.

The threat of severe weather will continue until at least 4 p.m.

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