JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County deputies say they will remain on the scene at Main Road to monitor the area to make sure traffic is moving smoothly.
That announcement came Thursday afternoon, hours after the roadway was reopened to traffic in both directions. Deputies say they do not anticipate any problems during rush hour.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office had been alternating the direction of travel on the road since Wednesday afternoon because of a large amount of water on the road. Officials had closed the road in both directions at 10:26 pm. Tuesday night because of rising water.
Charleston County Government officials announced Wednesday night that the county with the assistance of the City of North Charleston, the City of Charleston, the Town of Mount Pleasant and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, would be working through the night in an effort to address the recent flooding along Main Road.
"Crews will be putting out sandbags to help with the high tide levels," officials said."This effort will NOT interfere with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office traffic plans and we ask drivers to be aware of construction crews and law enforcement working in the area."
County government officials announced earlier in the day that the county and SCDOT sent several crews out during the last 48 hours to investigate the cause of the recent flooding issue on Main Road.
"The likely cause has been identified as inadequate drainage pipes under the railroad tracks, which are not large to enough keep up with the current water levels that are due to the major rain event on Monday and the uniquely high tide levels," Charleston County officials say."We are working with other local agencies to confirm the problem and find a solution in the best interest of our citizens. We understand this is a difficult situation for citizens and we ask the public to be patient with deputies while they direct traffic and be alert for law enforcement."
A representative with Charleston County Schools says buses will continue to run normal routes despite delays on the road.
Deputies were working with SCDOT to place additional signs to alert the public about road conditions in the area earlier in the day, according to Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson.
The roadway between Main Road at Savannah Highway and Main Road at River Road had been closed, as well as Old Charleston highway leading to Main Road.
On Tuesday morning, crews from the Charleston Water System said the flooding was the result of a combination of yesterday's heavy rain and the tide. Workers completed a check of the area to confirm that no damaged water main might have been adding to the problem.
They found no evidence of a leak, according to CWS spokesman John Atkinson.
Deputies began diverting traffic from Main Road and Highway 17 and Main Road and River Road around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.