President Street residents fed up after heavy rains flood neighborhood streets

VIDEO: President Street residents fed up after heavy rains flood neighborhood streets
Published: Sep. 17, 2014 at 2:51 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Graduate students Alyx McCarthey and Brian Betz didn't expect to wade through water as they walked up President Street Tuesday evening to grab some dinner.

"My car was clearly not going to make it through that."

"I'd imagine this isn't something that's making anyone's day easier."

Sadly, Robin Chancy, who has lived on President Street for five years, says the flooding is part of her routine after a downpour. She says the crossing at President and Line Streets has flooded two days in a row.

"We back here. They don't really care about us back here."

This was the intersection around 8 Tuesday night. Residents say it takes a toll on them and their property.

"People out here, they don't know how to drive in the rain," says resident Thomas Robinson. "They go through slow, and they got my car drowning out because they push the water on the sidewalk and drown the car out."

"We try to stay close to home when it rains because one day the water come up so far as my door," explains Chancy.

Chancy recalls when a funeral service last month at Nichols Chapel AME turned into a nine hour ordeal as church members waited out the high water that flooded several cars and even swept one away.

"Even the church, it was so flooded about two or three weeks ago, Reverend Miller, he had to actually sit in the church at nine o'clock one night because the flooding was so bad."

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