City of Charleston braces for possible flooding
CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Charleston emergency management teams braced for possible flooding Friday night and Saturday morning as severe thunderstorms are about to hit the Lowcountry.
Water pumps are installed throughout the city, and flood relief teams are on standby when needed.
Police and environmental services are also there to keep people safe and clear all flood debris.
Emergency management officials worked with the National Weather Service early Friday to assess the threat of storms over the Lowcountry.
The city was prepared for different possibilities by mid-afternoon.
“We will watch in advance and go up until 8 pm So at least five hours to watch for any rain that might come,” said Daniel Flessas, emergency management specialist at the city.
Josh Marthers of Storm Team 2 warns against driving in stagnant water if there is no closed road sign on a street.
âSalt water and cars don’t mix. Water and cars don’t mix initially, but you have the salt water factor and you have an even bigger problem, âMarthers said.
But, Marthers thinks July 4th will be bright, sunny and dry.
“Tomorrow the chance of rain drops to just twenty, thirty percent, and on Sunday we put only a twenty percent chance of rain because statistically the climate forces us to do so,” Marthers said.