Rain from Mindy impacts Lowcountry roads

Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 10:10 AM EDT
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BURTON, S.C. (WTOC) - Thursday’s rains caused a headache for some drivers in Beaufort County. Reports from the sheriff’s office say heavy rain caused flooding on several roads.

We know at least one of those places was on Castle Rock Road in Burton. The road was closed between Highway 170 and Grober Hill Road.

Beaufort County has made many efforts to minimize flood damage like this over the past few years. Before those efforts, it was a repeated problem that wreaked havoc on the community.

“All my life I’ve lived here, and I’ve seen the flooding through the community a lot. It’s been really rough, a lot of rain, heavy inches,” Belly Full by Tyger owner Tyger Snell said.

Snell is born and raised in this area. He said the flooding he saw growing up, has gotten much better in recent years. Specifically, since 2017, the City of Beaufort has spent about $10 million to mitigate flood damage.

One strategy was elevating the drainage pipes so that roads can avoid being closed for too long and get the water drained quickly.

He says over the last two days some parts of the area saw 10 inches of rain, and the new measures did their job.

“We’ve had an absolutely enormous amount of water and the system processed that water precisely as it was designed, which resulted in none of the homes in the target areas having water in their living rooms.”

There were several roads closed temporarily Thursday morning after the rain but I found many of them had drained by the time I got there, and that wouldn’t have been the case just a few years ago.

Pugliese knows there could be greater challenges to come though.

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