Orangeburg County sees widespread flooding from Idalia

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Published: Aug. 31, 2023 at 2:46 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2023 at 4:34 AM EDT
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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WIS) - Officials are reporting widespread flooding in Orangeburg County after Tropical Storm Idalia hit the state on Wednesday night, bringing with it heavy rain.

Across the county, an estimated five to eight inches of rainfall came down on Wednesday night. In some areas, rainfall totals may be higher.

Low-lying communities south of Lake Marion have been the most impacted by Idalia’s heavy rainfall.

WIS News 10 has crews in the area to report on the aftermath of the storm.

According to the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, the following roads are experiencing flooding:

  • John C Calhoun Drive near Sprinkle Avenue, the two outer lanes are closed.
  • John C Calhoun Drive, southbound lanes, in front of McDonald’s.
  • Briarwood Street at Mary Ellen Street has water crossing the roadway.
  • Lakeside Drive at Old Riley Street has water crossing the roadway.
  • Riverside Drive in the gardens has water crossing the roadway.
  • Country Colony Drive near Brentwood Drive has a tree across the roadway on a power line and standing water.
  • Summers Avenue near Park Street has a tree down across the road with electricity out in the area.

Hours after Idalia passed through South Carolina, flooding continues to be an issue in the town of Eutawville. At around 3 a.m., fire crews were responding to reports of downed trees and powerlines on Gardensgate Road.

Crews are actively working to address the flooding in the area, fire officials stated.

WIS also got reports of downed trees in Orangeburg County. These were in:

  • Tree blocking I-26 westbound, Mile Marker 165
  • Tree blocking 75% of Antioch Road in Santee
  • Large Tree across State Highway in Orangeburg going toward Holly Hill

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