Charleston Stormwater crews fill hundreds of sandbags; businesses prepare for flooding

CHARLESTON, SC – Tonight as streets start to flood around the Lowcountry, News 2 wanted to see how people were preparing and what they can still do to keep water out of their homes.

Charleston County Stormwater crews were under I-26 on Milford Street filling hundreds of bags with sand to give to county residents. Officials with the city say anyone can pick up supplies while they last at 2150 Milford Street.

Tonight, News 2 saw some businesses on King Street who had already taken advantage of these sandbags and are hoping to protect their stores.

Empty streets and some wet feet was the scene on King Street Friday night as heavy rains started to soak the Holy City.

As emergency responders get ready for what could be a busy weekend, some businesses say they’ll stay open, but if flooding gets severe, they too will close their doors.

The general manager at King Street Grille, Mike Vanhorn, said, “That would be an executive decision. Obviously just for the safety of all of our employees, and also the guests that would be in this area, we would take the precautionary measures in that sense.”

Earlier in the day on Friday, officials with the Charleston County Emergency Management Department urged residents to stay inside and off the roads this weekend if possible. Chief of Operations of Charleston County EMD, Cathy Haynes, told News 2, “Be careful when they go out. If they don’t have to go out, it’s probably a good idea just to stay off the roads because the heaviest rain is coming in tomorrow through Sunday.”

Authorities say the Charleston county alert mode is still at OpCon4 meaning there is the possibility of an emergency or disaster situation that may require a partial or full activation of the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center. Haynes added, “If the road is barricaded off because there is water across it; please don’t move the barricade and drive through it…there’s a reason for you not to go through there.”

The sandbags are free and officials say they can really make a difference during flooded situation such as this weekend.

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