Downtown traffic back to normal following another day of flooding

Published: Aug. 15, 2013 at 3:34 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM EDT
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Flooding on Bennett Street Thursday afternoon
Flooding on Bennett Street Thursday afternoon

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A number of downtown Charleston streets have reopened after a bout of flooding earlier on Thursday.

Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis issued a number of street closures just before 11:30 a.m., with most of the streets reopened Thursday night. After a number of street closures due to flooding, only Ashley Avenue from Bennett to Calhoun remains closed, Francis says.

Officials say Meeting and Atlantic street to South Battery are closed due to a water main break.  Officials say crews will be shutting off the water in the area while repairs are being made.  It's unclear how long the repairs will take.

Police say motorists should not attempt to pass through high-standing water.

At 3 p.m., management at The Market started telling vendors to pack up their belongings and head out, according to Live 5 Reporter Aris Walker.

City officials also took precautions for the weather.  City of Charleston Media Relations Director Barbara Vaughn said city employees would be closing offices at 2 p.m.  Public Safety and other "critical employees" would continue working, Vaughn added.

Charleston County Government buildings also closed at 2 p.m.  That included: the Judicial Center at 100 Broad Street; O.T. Wallace Building and the Historic Courthouse at 101 Meeting Street, and the Charleston Center at 5 Charleston Center Drive.

Outpatient services at the Charleston Center was suspended at 2 p.m.  Essential staff will maintain the inpatient facility.  Questions may be directed to (843) 722-0100, which is staffed 24 hours per day.

Both Charleston County Public Library locations in downtown Charleston closed early as well.  Charleston County School District and Charleston Water System's downtown offices closed their offices at 2 p.m.

The conditions are also taking their toll on evening events on the peninsula.  The City Market Hospitality Association cancelled their "Taste of the Market" event planned for this evening.

For non-emergency flood issues, the public is asked to call 720-3795 or 720-3074. For emergencies, call 911.

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