Days of rain and severe weather have led to washed out roadways, blocked streets, and frustrated citizens.
Jackie Foshee says, "It's a 15 minute delay for us to go into town. It's been a 15-minute delay for my customers to come pick up their rentals on the weekends. It's just a mess."
The 'mess' from nearly 10 inches of rain in two weeks has caused a large sinkhole near Jackie Foshee's home on Willow Lane in Aiken. As a small business owner, and aunt, the road damage is not only affecting her small company, she says it's affecting her safety.
Foshee explains, "An ambulance would be 15 minutes late getting to us. If we had to go to my husband's aunt...she's deaf...it would be a 15-minute delay to get to her house on 520. It's just a mess!"
Courtney Elledge reporting, "About a mile down the road on Cherokee Drive, those streets are also closed."
Crews have been repairing sink holes on Five Notch Road and other hard hit areas, but Foshee says it's their turn.
Foshee says, "You don't know when it's going to stop. You don't know how much more damage is happening to the road. I am ready for a break."
Courtney Elledge, reporting, "Nearby residents have been told by the South Carolina Department of Transportation they will be fixing these problems but they can't do anything until the rain stops."
Crews say the sinkholes formed after heavy rains overloaded the drains causing an underground pipe to explode. Whether it's rain or shine, residents of Aiken say they simply want the problem to be fixed.
In case there is more rain and flooding, make sure you have an emergency kit ready, flashlight handy, charge your phone and laptops, and keep monitoring in case severe weather hits again.