Behind the scenes look at operation center tracking flooded streets

Published: Aug. 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - While drivers are out on the road trying to dodge floodwaters, Charleston City officials are inside a command center trying to let you know what streets to avoid.

The city's public safety operations center is located in a room at the Charleston City Police Department.

Folks from just about every department work together to track flooded streets. They use color coded maps and live street cameras to monitor flooding.

The idea is to try to warn drivers before they drive into flooded waters.

"To stop them from putting themselves in harm's way, stop us from having to rescue them out of the water and hopefully to get them other ways to get home and just inform the public of the immediate concerns we have," said Deputy Chief Tony Elder.

The command center opened at 11 a.m. on Thursday when officials saw the first signs of a flooding problem.

They were ready for a long day with the threat of more rain at high tide. But thank goodness that did not happen.

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