Seabrook Island leaders meeting to assess tropical storm impacts

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SEABROOK ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - Leaders on Seabrook Island says there are no reports of major structural damage following Tropical Storm Bertha.

Town Administrator Joe Cronin says town leaders met to discuss the impacts Wednedsay afternoon.

Seabrook Island is private but the island’s gatekeeper says some areas had several inches of flooding. Residents reported the most flooding on Seabrook Island Road, the main road to access the island.

Cronin says the town received a report from the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association saying that multiple cars were flooded and had to be towed off the island.

I knew that we were supposed to get rain, but I didn’t imagine it was going to be that bad or that much," Seabrook Island resident Toni Wechter said. "I was shocked when I saw on my NextDoor app that the road was closed because I had to come up to the store.”

Seabrook Island resident Diane Harvey took photos of an alligator coming out of a storm drain.

Cronin says apparently it’s not uncommon for the gators to get washed away during periods of exceptionally heavy rain.

Cronin says Seabrook had a lot of tree damage recently from a tornado a few weeks ago.

Bertha caught many people by surprise because it wasn’t initially expected to develop into a tropical storm.

“We heard some loud winds this morning and had some heavy rain and things like that move through the area, but otherwise really minimal impacts," Johns Island visitor Tyler Glover said. "We honestly weren’t aware that there was going to be any storm coming through the area.”

Seabrook and Kiawah Islands had a Disaster Awareness Day event schedule for next month that they’ve held annually for more than 20 years. That event was canceled because of coronavirus concerns.

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