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Heavy rain leaves Shadowmoss neighbors treading water

WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) -

In West Ashley, some roads in the Shadowmoss neighborhood are still not safe to drive on after heavy rain this morning. Conditions were so bad that some neighbors kayaked to safety, others needed help from the police to get to higher ground.

"I'm really surprised because we've been here over 20 years and we've never seen flooding like this," said Debby Taylor, Shadowmoss homeowner.

Knee deep water in some areas of the neighborhood, off Highway 61, trapped cars on streets and driveways. Too Loch Place was one of the areas most impacted by flooding.

"My car was free floating at one point," Lauren Goodam.

Charleston Police used rafts to get drivers and homeowners to safety.

"They did get a 92 year old out," Bob Lew, president of neighborhood association.

The dangerous conditions made it impossible for some to get to school and work.

"I did not expect to see this today but watching people turn around tells me I'm not leaving, not going to try and get through this," said Erin Schauwecker.

Al Brandham and his Disaster Care crews responded to Shadowmoss, helping people extract the water from inside their homes. Brandham says many of these homeowners run into trouble because they don't have flood insurance.

"That is a big mess to clean up and it's a lengthy process," said Schauwecker.

Brandham says some of the homes have soaking we carpets that have to come out.

"You don't know what's in the rain water, you don't know if its sewage or diesel fuel, so it's gotta come out and be sanitized," said Al Brandham, Disaster Care.

Some neighbors now fear what their neighborhood will look like if a stronger storm hits.

"If I see this much now, I hate to think of what's going to happen if we have a hurricane," said Taylor.

The weather service is reminding motorists to "Turn Around, Don't Drown" when encountering flooded roads.

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