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Flooding damages roads and makes some impassable

Rain washed out a portion of Carters Ford Road above Stephens Crossroads Friday.
Photo by Rick Tobin

Flooding has been occurring in many areas of Colleton County over the past several days, and the Edisto and Combahee Rivers within the county were at flood levels at press time.

On Friday morning, Colleton County Administrator Kevin Griffin reported that there were road washouts on Carter’s Ford Road, just over three miles north of Highway 64, and at a bridge on Black Creek Road between Cavanaugh and Edwards roads. He also reported flooding on Quarters Road, Ruffin Road, and South Carolina Highway 212. South Carolina Department of Transportation Maintenance Engineer in Colleton County Adam Bishop said, Monday, that the road damage on Carter’s Ford Road looks worse than it actually is; but, the damage on Black Creek Road, although it doesn’t look all that bad, will take some time to repair. He added that, as of Friday, the dirt portion of See See Road is closed until further notice, and Carter’s Ford Road and Double Churches Road near Ruffin are also closed, but it was hoped that they would be repaired before the weekend ends.

Colleton County Emergency Preparedness Agency (EPA) Director Suzanne Gant reported, Monday, that flooding and/or hazardous conditions were reported on the following roads Friday:

Green Lane off Bells Highway; Peaceful Ln. off Lowcountry Hwy; Paradise Ln. off Cane Branch Road; Preacher Lane off Secondary Road 243 near Cottageville; Clatty Farm Road in Smoaks; Bama Road near Sullivan’s Ferry Rd; Sullivan’s Ferry Rd; Long Creek Landing; Barracada Road; Public Landing Lane; Aunt Polly Lane; Black Water Trail; Cannon Rd. (dirt portion); Cardinal Ln; Clydeville Ln (dirt portion); Daigle Ln; Deepwater Ln; Hannibal Trail; Huckleberry Hill Ln; Mendell Ln; Journey Ln; Meeting House Ln; Pocket Ln; Rising Stage Ln; Sawyer Dr; Thatcher Trail; and Twain Dr.

The EPA released the following release concerning the flooding on Friday, July 12:

Overview

A weather pattern conducive for heavy rainfall and possible flooding is expected to remain in place through the weekend. An upper level low-pressure system just west of our area is expected to move westward through the weekend and into early next week. In the meantime, an area of strong high pressure will develop well to the north, from the Great Lakes states, eastward to the mid Atlantic Region and the Northeast. In addition, as upper level high pressure builds north of the area, a deep easterly flow could develop to pull moisture associated with the remnants of (former tropical storm) Chantal west-northwestward into the region this weekend. This “extra moisture” will help to enhance the threat of heavy rainfall.

Timing

The best chance for rainfall will be Friday through Saturday. As high pressure builds well north of the region on Sunday, the threat for the heaviest rainfall is expected to begin shifting west of the region. However, showers and thunderstorms will still be possible Sunday.

Potential Impacts

Just about every location of Southeast South Carolina and Southeast Georgia currently has very saturated ground conditions. Last night, we had some locations across Allendale, Colleton, and Dorchester counties that received six-plus inches of rainfall. Portions of Allendale and Hampton counties also experienced pretty significant flooding last night and this morning, with some closed/impassable roads.

 

Land Areas

It is possible that much of the region, especially interior counties, could receive an additional one to three inches of rainfall through Sunday, with some locally higher amounts. If these rainfall amounts materialize, especially over short time frames of two to four hours, flooding of at least the lower lying, poorly drained areas, or areas recently flooded, could result. Also, although tide levels are not forecast to be very high this weekend, heavy rainfall around times of high tide will increase the chance for flooding in coastal areas.

Rivers

Remember, many of our area rivers are also currently flooding. Thus, any additional rainfall around those river basins could result in additional flooding impacts to areas near/around those rivers or nearby creeks/streams. At press time, the Edisto River was at 13.57 feet. If you have any questions, or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (843) 549-5632.

These predictions proved to be true. Heavy rains fell Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Rick Tobin, Editor (434 Posts)