South Carolina DOT Preparing for Tropical Storm Idalia

Aug. 29, 2023
Preparations are ongoing until storm makes landfall.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) says it is preparing for impacts associated with Tropical Storm Idalia. 

Preparations began over the weekend and are taking place across the state to clean out drainage systems, clear ditches, remove embankments, stage equipment and ready roads for potential strong winds and heavy rainfall. 

Tropical Storm Idalia is expected to make landfall as a hurricane in Florida early Wednesday morning before tracking toward the South Carolina coast.

“There are no dress rehearsals for safety and preparedness in South Carolina,” said South Carolina Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall, P.E to News 2. “Once we started tracking this storm, our maintenance forces began locating potential trouble areas that could be affected by strong winds, prepping equipment and establishing a plan to keep South Carolinians safe. SCDOT employees across the state are working hard ahead of the storm to prepare and we stand ready to respond to any impacts.”

The agency is working closely with emergency management officials across the state to plan for impacts including potential damage caused by high winds and flash flooding.

“We stand ready to respond,” said SCDOT officials. Drivers are reminded to slow down and drive carefully through work zones.

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Source: Count on News 2