Flooded streets and delayed flights, rain slows travel

Published: Feb. 24, 2013 at 2:28 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2013 at 4:00 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Flooded streets and canceled flights. This wet Saturday has put a damper on weekend plans for some in the Lowcountry.

With all the rain came flooding but the rising water is nothing new to those living on Ashley Avenue downtown.

"I moved here when i was about 3 years old," said Jean Blaney Duke.

Now 74, Duke has grown to deal with the rising water that sometimes covers her street.

Duke said, "All my life from a little girl it has flooded on this street, cars stalled. We have seen the tide higher than this, up to people's steps and some of the houses water has gone in."

Many drivers took a chance; braving the flooded roads. Some weren't so lucky. Others decided to stick with the old fashioned way of getting around.

"I'm going to the gym right now. I'm going to walk but I just wear my raincoat and try to get out of it as much as I can," said Abigail Lepsch.

Many travelers at the Charleston International Airport had no choice but to make other plans.

"Since the flight was canceled or very much delayed, I wasn't able to make my connection in Atlanta. Since i'm traveling internationally, there aren't too many options," said Andrew Hanhauser.

Hanhauser's flight may have been canceled but thanks to his iphone app, he wasn't caught off guard. It gives him updates to changes made to his flight.

"I travel quite a bit so I was probably a little more prepared than others to handle all the delays," said Hanhauser.

Airlines are expecting less delayed flights and cancelations tomorrow as the weather begins to clear. Larger planes are being flown in to accommodate more passengers.

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