Flood waters damage at least 2 Lancaster County roads

Flood waters damage at least 2 Lancaster County roads

Flood waters damage at least 2 Lancaster County roads

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by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on September 17, 2012 at 6:11 PM

LANCASTER, S.C. -- Officials say Gills Creek Drive and Hershel Plyler Road both need repairs after roughly seven inches of rain fell in a few hours early Monday morning.  Shoulders of both roads were washed away. 

SCDOT crews have started filling in the washed away shoulders with dirt as a temporary fix, but a permanent one will have to come later.

Missy James took pictures of Gills Creek Road Monday afternoon with her family.  She says the shoulder collapsed a half hour after she drove on it with her son in the car.

"I would have been going down the creek, me and my son," James said, feeling lucky she left for work when she did.  James says water was at the edge of the road but not over it when she crossed Gills Creek.

Officials say the county installed new culverts near the creek to help with flooding.  It didn't help and now, it's back to the drawing board.

"Obviously it didn't work," said neighbor Mike Cressman.

Cressman says with more rain expected, he wouldn't be surprised if the road gets washed out completely.

It's the same story a short distance away on Hershel Plyler Road, but the damage is not as severe to the naked eye.

SCDOT crews were working on it Monday afternoon, as well as picking flood debris out of a nearby field.
 

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