Main Road now open in both directions

VIDEO: One lane of traffic open on Main Road
Both lanes are now open on Main Road (Photo Source: Charleston County Sheriff's Office)
Both lanes are now open on Main Road (Photo Source: Charleston County Sheriff's Office)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Main Road is now open to traffic in both directions, officials say. Traffic is being allowed on Main Road moving to and from Johns Island.

The area was closed since Saturday due to flooding. For people on both sides of the road, the flooding has been frustrating.

For people in the middle of the flooding, it's been a nightmare.

"Since the storm started, I have not been able to drive out of the apartment complex," said Matt Smith

"It's just been a huge inconvenience," said Michael Hartman. 

Marsh View Townhomes sits in the heart of the flooding on Main Road, between Savannah Highway and River Rd. For some who live there, this week has left them stranded.  

"Friends and I went out for a movie Friday night and that was the last time I've driven."

The road closure has kept Matt Smith out of work for days.

It's caused more problems for others who live in the complex, like paramedic Michael Hartman who was at work all weekend.

"When I went to come home yesterday morning, I was told by the officers that the road was closed and I could park my car somewhere down the road and walk," said Hartman.

Hartman left his car and walked through the water, home to be with his girlfriend Kendra and dogs Mason and Sergeant. For days, they too have also been stranded.

But, they're not suffering.

"No flooding no power outages," said Hartman.

While Hartman enjoys time with his family, he says he feels trapped and  that Charleston County should have prepared better.

"It should be a huge priority to get people on and off James and Johns Island," said Hartman. 

As crews work to reopen the road, the people in Marshview Townhomes say they are just ready for this nightmare to be over.

"I don't know what else to really do, other than walk," said Hartman.

"I'm really hoping for full access tomorrow," said Smith. "That would be nice."

People on Johns Island got a glimpse at normalcy Wednesday afternoon when the road was open from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. for those headed on the island.

It was closed at 6 p.m. for high tide.

Throughout the day, Councilman Elliot Summey said crews were pumping the water and laying down sandbags. But, as high-tide approached, the water was coming too fast.

Then, crews laid down 50 pounds bags of concrete to essentially create a wall.

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