Downtown Charleston, Summerville roads reopen following flooding, storm damage

Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 3:11 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2021 at 8:53 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - While the National Weather Service was reporting storm damage, police were monitoring roads in downtown Charleston and Summerville to identify flooding early Thursday morning.

They say that although heavy rains from Tropical Storm Elsa prompted road closures in downtown Charleston and Summerville, they have now been reopened.


As of 6:15 a.m., the Charleston Police Department was reporting the following road closures because of flooding, but they have since been reopend:

  • Cannon Park & All surrounding areas
  • Gadsden Street at Bennett & Bull Streets
  • Hwy. 61 at Highway 526 Overpass
  • Wentworth Street at Barre Street

Multiple additional streets downtown were under a warning of possible closure if flooding became an issue, but all roads have since been removed. Those streets included:

  • Crosstown Northbound at Ashley and Spring Streets
  • Crosstown Southbound at President and Spring Streets
  • Hagood Avenue at Fishburne and Line Streets
  • Harleston Village (All Surrounding Areas)
  • President Street at Fishburne and Line Streets
  • William Ackerman Lane at Windermere and W. Confederate

The National Weather Service reported large trees were down and blocking Highway 174 at Steamboat Landing Road. Forecasters say the trees were likely downed by a tornado based on a radar debris signature.


Summerville Police say there is severe flooding in the following locations, including the entrances to several apartment complexes:

  • North Main Street from Highway 78 S. to W. 3rd North Street
  • South Gum Street from Richardson to E. 2nd South Street
  • The entrance to the Martins Creek Apartments
  • The entrance to the Creekside MHP
  • The entrance to the Gadsden Acres
  • The entrance to the Pine Forrest Country Club, specifically Congressional Boulevard at Castle Harbor Drive

Additionally the SPD says intermittent locations with standing water include:

  • Trolley Road at Travelers Boulevard

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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