Mayor Riley advising Charleston citizens to avoid areas prone to flooding

CPD Chief Greg Mullen.
CPD Chief Greg Mullen.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Mayor Joe Riley advised Charleston citizens to avoid areas prone to flooding with predicted rainfall of more than a foot expected for the area.

The city held a press conference Friday afternoon on what city officials are doing in preparation for flooding.

"The good news is that the large hurricane out there, Joaquin, is certainly not expected to make landfall here or anywhere near here," Riley said."The bad news is a combination of systems has created a situation."

That situation has prompted a flash flood watch which is in effect for the city and southeastern South Carolina which could see heavy flooding.

"We have to be on guard and prepared, and the city is prepared," Riley said.

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen was also in attendance and said officers will be in place in areas that are prone to flooding.

Mullen said he was also concerned about areas that don't normally flood, but with the expected rainfall and tides, those areas may see flooding.

"For any area that experiences any flooding during a high tide or heavy rainfall, that there is a good chance it will be flooding [Saturday] or Sunday during the periods of before and right after high tides," Riley said.

Officials with the city's public services said crews have prepared over a thousand sandbags, and have reported that there are no signs or significant issues of clogging in the city's drainage systems.

Riley emphasized that the city was not out of the woods yet, "The event is not over, that's why we're here."

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