DOT, CSX to discuss solutions to Johns Island flooding

Hundreds of acres near the Limehouse Bridge and Main Road were flooded Wednesday.

Representatives of the Department of Transportation and CSX railroad are expected to meet within the next few days to discuss ways to keep Main Road from flooding again.

“Hopefully by the next one (big rain storm), we will have this fixed,” James Law with the Charleston office of DOT said Thursday.

Floodwaters overflowed Main Road near the Limehouse Bridge after Monday’s record rainfall and unusually high tides. Thousands of commuters to and from the Sea Islands south of Charleston crawled through a single, one-way lane on Main Road or sat in traffic on the overwhelmed Maybank Highway.

DOT and Charleston County officials said the road flooded because pipes under nearby CSX railroad tracks were not big enough to handle the extra water. Law declined to say what kind of solution might be worked out or when it might happen, but said he would have more information after the talks.

“We are in contact with the railroad,” he said.

There was some concern that Thursday afternoon’s high tide could flood Main Road again, and Charleston County deputies monitored road conditions throughout the day.

The Charleston County School District sent out a notice warning parents to expect delays, especially if it rained.

The tide in Charleston Harbor peaked at 6.5 feet at 12:36 Thursday. That wasn’t as high as the so-called king tides of more than 7 feet that helped flood the road after Monday’s record rainfall, but it was enough for concern, considering all the water that was still standing near the road.

Crews spent much of Wednesday night putting down thousands of sandbags to keep water off the road for the morning commute. It may take several more days for the water near the road to drain, Law said.

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