South Carolina

4 p.m. flood recovery update: 186 roads, 75 bridges closed; 19 total deaths

Staff reports


South Carolina road crews continue to work to repair the state's flood-damaged infrastructure, sometimes closing new roads and bridges, sometimes opening them. Progress has been incremental.

Carlos Santamaria and his wife, Esther Martinez, evacuated their home near Conway, S.C. on Monday, barely getting their cars out ahead of the rapidly rising water. After three days at a relative's home, the couple returned to their house on a nei

The 4 p.m. Wednesday report indicates 11 new roads and nine new bridges have opened since 6 a.m., leaving the state with 186 road and 75 bridge closures.

Interstate 95 update

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The Department of Transportation announced at Tuesday morning that Interstate 95 in both directions was reopen throughout its entire length.

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Highway patrol calls and fatality counts

From 6 p.m. Oct. 1 to 6 a.m. Oct. 12, the last time the report has been updated, there were 7,581 total calls for aid and 2,998 collisions. There were 11 weather-related traffic fatalities in this period, the agency reports. There have been a total of 19 fatalities attributed to the weekend rain event.

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All non-traffic fatalities have been drownings, mostly in Richland County, which had nine. There was one each in Kershaw and Spartanburg counties. One wreck involved the drowning deaths of two women in Horry County after their car flipped and landed in a ditch. The traffic fatalities were in Horry County (three) Aiken County (two), Greenville County (two) and Anderson County (one).

The complete Department of Transportation report is below:

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SC DOT map: Major routes open to traffic