Saturday, October 3, 2015

Mayor Riley calls rain, flooding an ‘unprecedented event’

Rain to likely continue through Sunday night

Posted by Dustin Waters on Sat, Oct 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM

click to enlarge The corner of Ashley Avenue and Sumter Street - DUSTIN WATERS
  • Dustin Waters
  • The corner of Ashley Avenue and Sumter Street
As it stands now, Charleston is underwater and more rain is expected throughout Saturday evening and Sunday. The Charleston Police Department has closed off access to the peninsula.

“What we are experiencing is an unprecedented event. That is the huge amount of rain over a relatively short period of days,” said Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., who added that this month’s rainfall will reach record amounts for Charleston in the month of October.

“This will eventually pass,” said Mayor Riley. “Our goal right now is just to get everybody through safe and in the most pleasant manner possible.”

The potential for flooding will be greatest when heavy rain occurs within two hours of high tide. The highest tides are expected Saturday afternoon at 1:04 p.m. and may potentially linger into Saturday night. Sunday’s high tides will occur at 1:34 a.m. and 2:03 p.m.

The National Weather Service has declared a 100 percent chance of precipitation Saturday evening. Rainfall could exceed 4 inches for the night. According to the National Weather Service, a powerful low pressure system over the Southeast will slowly move northeast across the Charleston area through Sunday. This storm will be accompanied by the potential for dangerous flooding from heavy rainfall and high tides.

The Weather Service is calling for more than 10 inches of rainfall for Charleston over the weekend with storms lasting throughout Sunday evening. Some areas are expecting record rainfall amounts. The flash flood warning for Charleston ends at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, but a coastal flood warning continues until 4 p.m. The area remains under a flash flood watch until 2 p.m. Sunday.

Due to the extreme weather and flood conditions, Charleston County has activated the Emergency Operations Center and elevated the operational condition to OPCON 3. The OPCON scale usually sits at OPCON 5, which mean everything is fine. OPCON 3 means a disaster or emergency situation is likely or imminent. The move to OPCON 3 leads to the full or partial activation of the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center and activation of the Charleston County Emergency Operations Plan. The goal of the Charleston County EOC, located in North Charleston, is to provide centralized direction and control during disaster situations and handle evacuation, sheltering, and response plans.

Current street closures include:

Ashley between Broad and Tradd

Colonial between Tradd and Broad

Barre/Wentworth intersection

Bennett between Ashley and Rutledge

South Market from Church to East Bay

America between Cooper and Lee

Drake between South and Chapel

Morrison between Stuart and Cooper

America between South and Amherst

Hagood between Line and Fishburne

Coming between Beaufain and Wentworth

Huger/President intersection

Huger between Columbus and Lee

Gordon between 12th and Rutledge

Simmons between Darlington and Enston

Beaufain between Lockwood and Coming

Piedmont between Maple and Peachtree

Morris between St. Phillip and Smith

Huger between Senate and Meeting

King at Huger

Washington between Calhoun and Hasell

Rutledge between Calhoun and Bennett

Ashley between Calhoun and Bennett

Calhoun at Rutledge

Vanderhorst between Rutledge and Coming

Rutledge between Sheppard and Fishburne

President between Highway 17 and Fishburne

Pinckney between Church and Meeting

Calhoun between Elizabeth and East Bay

Cannon at President

Bee at President

The Crosstown

Keats/Oak Forest intersection

Brownswood at Summertree

Spring at Kracke

Fleming at Stir Creek

Winners Circle

Bohicket Road at Maybank Highway

Harbor View Road at Lawton Place

Southwick Road at Brownsfield Road

Killfish, Dunwick, Southwick

Savannah Highway at Orleans Road (outside lane)

Playground Road at Falkirk Drive — OPEN

Wappoo Road at Grech Street — Wappoo is open; Grech Street is closed.

Lindendale Avenue at Riverdale Drive — OPEN

St. Terese Drive at Moore Drive

Morrison Drive at the International Longshoremen’s Association

Summertrees Boulevard

Winborn Drive from Dills Bluff Road to Quaill Drive

Secessionville Road at Woodview Lane

Nottingham Drive at W. Robinhood Drive

Folly southbound from Signal Pointe Road to Rafeal Lane

Grimball Road Extension

Hickory Knoll Way at Maybank Highway

Seacroft Road

Towne Street at Maybank Highway

Calhoun Street at Smith Street

Central Park Road

Lockwood at Broad

Main from U.S. 17 to River Road

Hickory Knoll

Battle Ground Road

Highway 17 at Main Road 

River Road at Main Road

Dunmeyer Hill Road

Blears Bluff and Liberia Road 

Kiawah Island Parkway front gate

Point of Pines Road at Hwy 174

Folly Road at Camp Road

Stono Ferry front gate at Hwy 162 - flooded but passable

Signal Point off of Folly Road

Salters Hill Road at Jenkins Montgomery Road - flooded but passable

Smith St/ Radcliffe St – CLOSED

Savannah Hwy/Farmfield – CLOSED

Savannah Hwy/Apollo – CLOSED

Shadowmoss Parkway/Heather Glen – CLOSED

Shadowmoss Parkway/Hunters Forest – CLOSED

Dunvegan from Shadowmoss Pkwy to Still Shadow – CLOSED

Bees Ferry from 61 to Foxhall Rd – PASSABLE – ONE LANE SOUTHBOUND

Rutledge/Tradd – CLOSED

Murray Blvd from Coast Guard Station to King St - CLOSED

Isabella from Meeting to N Nassau – CLOSED

N Romney from Meeting to N Nassau - CLOSED

61 at Wallace School Rd – CLOSED

All side streets on 61 from Ashley Hall to Wesley Dr – CLOSED

St Andrews Gardens Apts (1385 Ashley River Rd) - CLOSED

Calhoun between Meeting and East Bay – CLOSED

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