Downtown flooding subsides, police urge caution as rain continues

VIDEO: Scattered storms continue, downtown roads reopening

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston Police say flooding in the downtown area has subsided enough that main thoroughfares into and out of the city have reopened.

But police spokesman Charles Francis urged drivers to exercise caution because of the possibility of additional rain Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, city offices, including the municipal court, closed at 3:30 p.m. over flooding concerns and to eliminate some of the traffic expected during rush hour.

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The early release did not apply to public safety employees or employees needed to provide essential city services, a post on the city’s website states.

City of Charleston Recreation summer camps remained open and staffed, as regularly scheduled.

As late as 3:30 p.m., at least 16 roads remained closed across the peninsula, including major arteries such as Ashley Avenue, Calhoun Street, East Bay Street, and Rutledge Avenue.

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Unofficial gauges on the Charleston peninsula were measuring more than three inches of rain, and another band of heavy rain is forecast to be on the way.

The Charleston Police Department is encouraging motorists to avoid downtown Charleston at this time due to flooding related road closures.

Horses were pulled off the streets at approximately 11:45 a.m. because of flooding related road closures, and Livability and Tourism director Dan Riccio is monitoring conditions.

Stormwater crews are deploying temporary pumps throughout the city in anticipation of the afternoon commute, which will coincide with high tide, and possibly more rain.

City stormwater crews have deployed three Vactor trucks to assist with drainage. Streets and Sidewalks crews have been assisting additional stormwater crews throughout the day to monitor and clear storm drains of debris, as needed.

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