CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A mobile home park in North Charleston was evacuated Monday afternoon due to flooding which impacted transportation for some Charleston County schools.
Officials with the North Charleston Police Department say shortly before 1 p.m., police, fire and Charleston County Rescue Squad crews began to evacuate Charlestowne Village Mobile Home Park at 6485 Dorchester Rd. due to flooding.
"In addition, officials noticed an oil like substance in the water," NCPD officials say."DHEC was notified and at this time the origin of the oily substance has not been determined."
Police say as a safety precaution, electricity to the mobile home park has been shut off.
Approximately 125 families reside in the mobile home park, according to police.
"The families are being taken to nearby community centers for assistance," police say."The water continues to subside."
North Charleston authorities said at one point westbound Dorchester Road was down to one lane beginning at Michaux Parkway; all lanes re-opened around 5:15 p.m.
Police say motorists should seek an alternative route and avoid the area, if possible.
Charleston County School District officials said the evacuation at the mobile home park impacted transportation for students at some schools.
"Students that are bus-riders or walkers to this neighborhood will be held at the school until a parent can be contacted to confirm how they wish to retrieve their child," CCSD officials said earlier in the day.
At 2 p.m., CCSD officials released the following update:
"NCPD wanted us to clarify that residents are not being allowed into this evacuated area, so students should not be sent to the Charlestowne Mobile Home Park, even with the parent's consent. If any family is in need of somewhere to go, the Thomas M. Evans, Sr. Community Center at 7801 Dorchester Road has been designated as a reunification point for displaced families."
Schools impacted included the following:
Hunley Park Elementary
James Island Charter
Mary Ford Elementary
North Charleston Creative Arts
School of the Arts