Storm Update

Most roadways back open

Evan Smith
October 11, 2018 - 3:00 pm

Above: The Reedy River gushed and surged during the rainfall, but never rose above banks (although our reporter was quick to mention the smell of sewage was palpable as a spray misted the air with a less-than-ideal odor)

As the need for immediate life-safety and disaster response resources begins to subside across the state, agencies are beginning the transition to normal, daily operations. Tropical Storm Michael is continuing to move rapidly out of South Carolina. Forecasters report the threat of tornadoes has ended and the threat of minor flooding is diminishing.

The State Emergency Operations Center will remain partially activated at Operation Condition Three to support county emergency managers as requested. Isolated flooding in areas prone to flooding is expected, and officials continue to monitor river levels. Over the weekend we can expect moderate flood stages in some area. 

But, most schools and county offices across the state should be reopened by tomorrow. This despite about 92,000 power outages state wide. But luckily for homeowners, it looks like very minimal damage to residential homes has been reported. 

Traffic updates:

All travel ways within the limits of the Gateway Project are now open; with the exception of the 385 Southbound Ramp to 85 Northbound.  Motorists leaving Greenville and heading to Spartanburg will be detoured onto I-85 Southbound and turn around at Exit 48, Laurens Road.  Work crews are onsite, pumping the water down, and will have the ramp back open as soon as possible.

There are a small number of roads with minor flooding. Drivers should not attempt to travel through flooded roadways. SCDOT reports 2000 employees working the storm to clear an estimated 500 trees in roadways statewide.

Stay with 106.3 WORD for updates.

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