Recovery Begins in Downtown Charleston Following Flooding Rain, Storm Surge

September 12, 2017, 9:01 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (ALEX HEATON, WTAT-TV) — Parts of downtown Charleston are drying up after storm surge and heavy rains from what was Hurricane Irma caused flooding for hours Monday.

Roads were impassable, but water levels are beginning to recede on Tuesday as the sun finally begins to shine down on the Holy City.

One man who lives along Ashley Avenue told us the water he saw on Monday at high tide and throughout the evening was worse than what he saw during October 2015’s historic flooding or what Hurricane Matthew caused in October of 2016. He says they are dealing with water damage inside the home and thinks it will be at least through the weekend before he can clean up from all of the damage.

City crews are on the streets trying to pick up debris and clear roadways. They have also set up barricades to keep people from driving through flooded streets, and ask that you avoid these areas as they work to get them reopened.