Downtown streets reopen after flooding from Tropical Storm Julia

Published: Sep. 15, 2016 at 3:11 AM EDT
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Source: Live 5
Source: Live 5

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Streets in downtown Charleston returned to normal late Wednesday after an afternoon of flooding from heavy rain.

"It was inconvenient," downtown resident Vanessa Choice said.

Choice says her bus dropped her off further from her house than it normally would because the water made the road impassable.

"I wasn't expecting it but I wasn't expecting to walk through water," she said.

She wasn't the only one making the best in a bad situation. A California couple, Jim and Rene Dumford, had their own taste of the floods Wednesday night.

"We actually had to take our shoes off in order to get to dinner on time, our reservation was at six so we had to cut across the river," Jim Dumford said.

The river they referred to was South Market Street.

"There was a significant amount of water that was actually moving and so we took our shoes and socks off and it was kind of fun," Dumford said.

And they say getting caught in the storm was an experience they'll  have to share.

"It's something we can put on Facebook and tell our friends about," he said.

South Market Street reopened earlier in the evening and people were still getting out and about despite the rain.

Late Wednesday, CARTA officials said their system would operate on a normal schedule, but warned passengers to check the schedule for any weather-related detours or delays.

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