Lowcountry flooding concerns for Tuesday morning

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC – The Tuesday morning commute could get hectic for commuters leaving Johns Island.

Officials say a combination of heavy rain and the morning high tide at 8 am, Main Road could be flooded.

Margaret McCall says she’s had enough of the flooding on Main Road near Highway 17. “I got a pick-up in Kiawah Island tomorrow. I’m a taxi driver, so I will have to go all the way around to James Island. It’s my worst nightmare because I’m a taxi driver.”

With scattered showers, a full moon, northeast winds pushing water towards shore, and some sitting water left over from this month’s flood; News 2 meteorologists warn our viewers to be alert of changing weather conditions Tuesday morning.

Joseph Hant drives a limousine and says the recent flooding affects his business. “With detours around Main Rd., it makes scheduling pickups more difficult. I don’t know how long it’s going to take.”

With residents still frustrated on Johns Island, the county is working to make improvements.

Sand bags still remain along Main Rd. from the severe historic flooding the Lowcountry experienced earlier this month.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation told News 2, crews have put in an additional drain line near the railroad tracks off Main Road. They expect this to alleviate some of the major flooding issues on Main Rd. at Highway 17.

“I did travel to that area Sunday afternoon and it is helping to some degree,” said motorist Andre Lock.

However, officials say they cannot promise there won’t be flooding or closures.

Charleston County is working on a permanent solution to fix the drainage in the area.

Until then, motorists should allot extra time for changing traffic and weather patterns.

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