South Carolina

Milestone reached: Fewer than 100 roads, bridges closed following historic flooding

Video: Canine comfort for stressed National Guard soldiers assisting in flood disaster

Michele Pyle, a volunteer from HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response, speaks Oct. 11, 2015, about the group's mission to bring dogs to the National Guard Readiness Center in West Columbia, S.C., to give soldiers working around the clock from the fl
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Michele Pyle, a volunteer from HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response, speaks Oct. 11, 2015, about the group's mission to bring dogs to the National Guard Readiness Center in West Columbia, S.C., to give soldiers working around the clock from the fl

Ninety-nine roads and bridges closed. On an ordinary day, it would be a major disaster. Given what happened a month ago, it feels like great progress.

After a "1,000-year" rain soaked South Carolina from Charleston to Greenville, dropping 2 feet of rain in 24 hours in some places, the state was faced with hundreds of washouts, damage and standing floodwater on roadways. On Oct. 5, more than 560 roads and bridges were closed to drivers throughout the rain event area, including 75 miles of Interstate 95.

Now, after thousands of man hours in long shifts by Department of Transportation and National Guard crews, the department has moved under the 100-closure mark. Friday morning's report showed 69 roads and 30 bridges still closed, 11 more expected to open by the end of Oct. 31.

Aerial video footage of South Carolina flood damage while a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the South Carolina Army National Guard's 2-238th General Support Aviation Battalion Detachment 1, conducts a resupply mission to Kingstree, S.C., O

Another 27 should be re-opened by Nov. 26, leaving 61 particularly difficult fixes classified as "after Nov. 26" or simply "undetermined" and "unknown".

Use the interactive slider below to compare the distribution of closures Oct. 5 with Oct. 30:

To see exactly where the remaining closed roads and bridges are, see the full report below this photo gallery.

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