Flash Flood Watch lifted in Upstate as Colin moves away from coast

The following areas were under a flash flood watch through late Monday night: Elbert, Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, and Union

The watch has been discontinued as Tropical Storm Colin weakens and moves away from the coast, according to Storm Team meteorologist Malachi Rodgers.

Statewide Summary From SCDOT – Light to moderate rain has been falling along coastal SC throughout the night with conditions beginning to clear in some areas. County crews are either working or on stand-by in Districts 5, 6, and 7. Crews are monitoring roadways prone to flooding, clearing roadways of fallen trees and debris, and installing road closures as necessary. There are currently road closures due to roadway flooding in both Charleston and Jasper counties. Additional crews are on stand-by and available for activation if necessary. The public is reminded that flash floods happen quickly and may not be identified with warning signs. If the road is covered with water “turn around, don’t drown”. Additionally, motorists must not drive around “Road Closed” signs or barricades.

Engineering District 1 (Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Richland and Sumter Counties)

Roadway flooding is not expected in District 1. On-call crews will respond to emergency situations if they arise.

Engineering District 2 (Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda Counties)

Roadway flooding is not expected in District 2. On-call crews will respond to emergency situations if they arise.

Engineering District 3 (Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg Counties)

Roadway flooding is not expected in District 3. On-call crews will respond to emergency situations if they arise.

Engineering District 4 (Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union, and York Counties)

Roadway flooding is not expected in District 4. On-call crews will respond to emergency situations if they arise.

Engineering District 5 (Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg Counties)

Conditions: Light to moderate rain has been falling throughout the District 5 with some areas beginning to clear.

Road Closures: There aren’t any road closures due to flooding at this time.

Staffing: Crews are on stand-by in each county in District 5. Additional crews are available for activation if needed.

Other:

The contractor who operates the swing bridges is monitor the weather and wind speeds and will respond appropriately based on conditions. The Traffic Management Center (TMC) in Myrtle Beach is staffed, and two SHEP trucks are currently operating. One is monitoring conditions along I-95 while the other unit is monitoring primary routes (US 501, SC 22, and SC 31) in Horry County. Dillon County has had to remove some fallen trees.

Engineering District 6 (Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, and Jasper Counties)

Conditions: Light to moderate rain is still falling in some areas in District 6.

Road Closures:  There are currently 9 roads closed to due to flooding in District 6.

Charleston County has 6 roads closed including 1 primary routes (US 52 and SC 642).

Jasper County has 3 roads closed including 2 primary routes (SC 462 and SC 652).

Staffing: Crews are active in all counties in District 6. Six additional crews are on standby for activation if needed.

Engineering District 7 (Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Hampton, and Orangeburg Counties)

Conditions: Most counties are experiencing cloudy conditions with light rain in some areas.

Road Closures:  There are no road closures due to flooding at this time.

Other:  “Water on Road” signs have been installed on several roads in Hampton County including US 601 and SC 3 as a warning to motorist of possible flooded conditions, but the roads remain open. Hampton has also had to clear some fallen trees.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with a number of other state and local agencies, will conduct a hurricane evacuation exercise on Wednesday, June 8, to test lane reversal plans for all three major coastal areas of the state. Hurricane season began June 1 and ends November 30.

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