AIKEN COUNTY, S.C./AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) — This rainy Friday turned into a serious situation in some areas.
“Go a little slower on the roads, watch for emergency workers and just take your time with everything,” Jason DeHart with Augusta Fire said when asked how to deal with the traffic nightmare.
We saw issues from Aiken County to across the Georgia state line on Friday morning. In North Augusta, the I-20 Exit 1 on-ramp eastbound loop was closed due to flooding. There was also a stalled car that crews worked to remove.
“If you see a flooded road or if you have flooding that’s damaging a property that’s not an emergency, please call 3-1-1,” DeHart said.
The ramp was open just before noon. Just before 10 a.m., a woman drove her car into floodwaters in Augusta. “She hit waist-deep water, flooded out the car, stopped in the tracks,” DeHart recalled. “Firefighters had to come, pull her out of the window through the window and onto safe ground. She was uninjured. She’s fine,” he added.
Flooding has also been reported at Powell at Flagler Road, and Frontage Road and the 1100 block of Reynolds Farm Road at the pond. Drivers can access the south end of Reynolds Farm Rd from Old Louisville Rd and the north end of Reynolds Farm Rd can be accessed from Old Berzelia Rd.
Shawn scouted out other areas in Aiken County to find out if there were any other issues. In the City of Aiken and Graniteville was just your normal water on the roadways. Nothing impeding travel to and from the area.
“For the locals that know the area that has experienced a sort of rain, they know those areas so they know to avoid them,” DeHart said.
Officials in Georgia and South Carolina are all giving the same advice when it comes to standing water and rain in our area. “Don’t walk in a flooded road as well. Just like driving. You don’t know what’s underneath the water, you don’t know how deep it is. So don’t walk, don’t drive through flooded roads turn around, find an alternative route,” DeHart added.
You may want to keep that rain gear handy. Meteorologist Alex Moore told Shawn that the rain could very well last into the overnight period.
Count on NewsChannel 6 for more details on road conditions as they change.