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Repairs To Pickens County Road Take Longer Than Expected

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Engineers with the South Carolina Transportation Department say repairs to U.S. 178 in Pickens County will take longer than expected. Engineers with the South Carolina Transportation Department say repairs to U.S. 178 in Pickens County will take longer than expected.

Update: August 28, 2013

SCDOT crews now say it could be the second week in September before crews finish repairs on U.S. 178.

Jason Alison, with the SCDOT, says the soil has been stabilized and now the contractor is preparing the site so workers can replace a pipe. Once that's done, it should take a couple of days to get the pipe in place.

Once that work is finished, crews have to pave the road. Alison says crews hope to have this done by the second week of September. Alison says it's hard to give and exact date, because there are so many factors involved.

Repairs To Pickens County Road May Take Month: July 25, 2013

Engineers with the South Carolina Transportation Department say repairs to U.S. 178 in Pickens County will take longer than expected.

Engineer Steven Henderson says repairs on the road near the North Carolina state line could take until the end of August.

A quarter mile of the road was damaged by a mudslide earlier this month.

Officials had hoped to have the repairs finished early in August.

A detour around the damaged section of the road takes 30 minutes to cover.

Henderson says the first job is to stabilize the soil where a 40-foot pipe near Sassafras Mountain was damaged.

He says he doesn't know how much the repairs will cost.

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More damage, road closures in Polk County. - July 15, 2013

Polk County has two (2) roads that are currently closed due to all the recent storms as well as the torrential rain fall received Friday night July 12.

Peniel Road

Peniel Road is closed between NC HWY #9 South and Hugh Champion Road. NC Department of Transportation is currently assessing the damage and working to get the section of road open as quickly as possible. There is no date at this time as to when work will be completed.

Hawks Landing

This road is closed and the uncertainty of its passage is unknown as well. It is accessible only by horse or all-terrain vehicle.

Be aware of both road closures if you must travel these areas. You should preplan alternate routes if you should be required to travel in these areas. In addition, be cautious when traveling due to large amounts of rainfall creating slides, trees down, and washing of roadways.

 Road crews have been working non-stop to repair Penial Road in Polk County.  Officials tell us they hope to reopen roadway by noon Wednesday.   

Homeowners across the county are still assessing damage from this weekend’s heavy rain.  Polk County Emergency Services Director Michael Crater says six homeowners living on Hawks Landing Drive are currently stranded inside their residences.  

The road was washed away Friday night after three culverts became jammed with debris.  Crater says Hawks Landing is a private road and repairs will be left to the homeowners.

More Flooding, Sinkholes And Washouts Amidst More Rain - July 14, 2013

Polk County finds itself in the same boat as many other Upstate communities have in recent weeks due to the problems being caused by heavy rains; flooding, sinkholes and road washouts.

The damage from Sunday morning's rain is currently being assessed by Polk County Emergency Services and could take up to two weeks, provided that the state has the resources, said a supervisor with Polk County. This may or may not include private roads preventing some families from even leaving their houses.

Dive teams were on call as well as other emergency personnel to assist with the amount of emergency situations. If you are in need of emergency assistance, you are encouraged to call 911 but only if it is an emergency. All other weather or flooding problems should be addressed by calling the non emergency number in your city or county. 

Head Maintenance Engineer Ben Williams tells 7 On Your Side that crews have been working since the rain began days ago, to repair flooded roads and downed trees. They paid special attention to areas on Highway 9 in Polk County, Houston Road and Peniel Road.

On Peniel Road the pavement was completely washed away when officials said the heavy rains and a buildup of debris put too much pressure on a culvert pipe. That pipe ended up on the other side of a stream and took Peniel road with it. The road will now be closed and the pipe replaced with a larger one.

Inex jackson lives next to the washed out road and said the area had become a circus with people stopping by to see the road.  She will now have to take another way to see her family.

Michael Crater, the new Emergency Services Director in Polk County said it's important to never drive through a flooded road and to expect to see delays on your drive to work. He said even when the sun returns, it's important to remember the ground is still soft and a strong wind could make a tree fall.

He also said the volunteers make all the rescues and repairs possible throughout their county. He said their hard work and tireless response to emergencies has kept everyone safe.

A 7 On Your Side viewer sent in pictures from the East Asheville KOA Campground showing water over one of the main roads in the area leaving campers stranded.  Buncombe County Emergency Management said they hadn't been notified that people were in need of being rescued.  The Swannanoa River runs through the middle of the campground.

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Flooding Prompts Emergency Rescues - July 13, 2013

Shortly after 4 AM on Saturday, Anderson County dispatch started receiving calls indicating floods, falling trees and washed out roads according to Anderson County Deputy Emergency Manager, Matthew Littleton.

"A bulk of the calls were isolated in Pendleton" said Littleton on Saturday morning in regards to the heavy rain and floods, which also prompted the emergency rescue of three people, all trapped inside of their cars.

Due to the "heavy downpour, [the] cars were swept into the water" said Anderson County Fire Chief, Billy Gibson, and there are "trees down on several roads" Gibson continued.

When asked about those rescued, Littleton replied, "fortunate".

"Turn around do not drown" a motto Littleton referenced while stressing the importance of staying off of the roads during heavy rains and flash flooding. "Stay in doors, drive home".

Norfolk Southern lost some of its railroad tracks due to floods on S. Depot St. and a tree crashed into a home on E. Main St. near Lebanon Road.

Storms Move Into Area Again, Cause Additional Flooding And Damage - July 12, 2013

A line of storms pushing through the Upstate and western North Carolina causing more problems for an already saturated and storm swept area.

Problems Keep Popping After Rain, Storms - July 11, 2013

The rain keeps coming and so do the problems associated with it.

In Laurens, strong storms earlier this week toppled trees and limbs on several cars and a home.  It happened on South Harper Street Tuesday night.

The storm also started a fire in the house and tossed the son of the homeowner out of his chair.  No injuries were reported.

The City of Asheville has closed lanes on Bent Tree, Sunset Drive, Spooks Branch, and Finalee Avenue because of more landslides.  Several have been reported across the area.

Authorities urge you to use caution in areas prone to landslides, and to watch out for closed lanes.

And when rivers, streams and lakes flood their banks, or when flash flooding occurs, officials urge you to never drive or walk through water when you can't see the bottom.

We'll continue to follow up on all of the damage in the Upstate and western North Carolina.  Keep checking back for more.  And don't forget to tune in each night for a full recap of the problems, and how it's affecting you.

High Water Creates More Problems, Slows Repairs - July 10, 2013

With water levels high from all of the recent rain, we're hearing of even more problems Wednesday.

More than 3.5 inches of rain fell in Anderson County Monday evening causing damage to culverts on Hattons Ford Road and Gerrard Road forcing the Roads and Bridges Department to close and detour the roads until repairs can be made.  That could be 3 to 4 months from now according to engineers.

A detour has been set up for Hattons Ford Road using Old Dobbins Bridge Road and Cromer Road.  Motorists on Gerrard Road can use Dion Road for a detour.

And after two sewage line breaks in Mauldin earlier this week, crews continue to make repairs to broken pipes that caused the mess.

Renewable Water Resources officials tell 7 On Your Side one spill happened near Elkwood Street and South Miller Road, impacting the Little Gilder Creek, Gilder Creek and the Enoree River. A second spill happened at Laurel Creek near Elkwood Street in the Knollwood subdivision.

The lines broke when creek banks gave way due to heavy rainfall.

ReWa crews are also handling a sewage spill at Gilder Creek in Simpsonville on Holland Road.

The American Red Cross has re-opened its emergency shelter at the Mauldin First Baptist Church on South Main Street at the request of the city.  Some residents who were affected by Monday's flooding have had to leave their houses because the living conditions are not feasible.

One neighborhood near Campobello in Spartanburg County is asking for help after mud washed all through their homes and ruined driveways.

Jackie Gory said drainage ditches on either side of Ragan Road filled up and the water had no where to go. She called the county public works but they only removed mud from the street.

And storms overnight may be to blame for a house fire in Laurens County.

It happened on Dillard Road off U.S. Highway 221.  Firefighters tell us lightning may have struck the house.  Read the full story and see video here

Weather is also to blame for a fatal accident in Laurens County Tuesday night.

Troopers say a man hit a downed tree while driving his truck on Highway 76 near Greenpond Road.  Click here for more.

And deputy's cruiser got caught in a flash flood in Greenwood County Tuesday night on Sample Road.

Officials say the car stalled when water went over the banks of a nearby creek.  Click here to read the full story.

More Rain Brings More Trouble - July 9, 2013

All of the recent rain that has fallen in the Upstate and western North Carolina continues to cause problems.

We've heard reports of flooding, rushing water, large sinkholes and trees down all across the area.

Gerrard Road in Anderson County is closed near Wilson Road after heavy rains caused the road to give way.  Video from Air 7 shows an entire section of pavement has been washed out.

The walking trails around Chris Taylor Park and the front of the Civic Center have also been closed because of the excessive rainfall.

Transylvania County officials say Highway 178 is still closed after a mudslide that happened last week.  A detour has been set up using Pickens Highway, right on East Fork Road, right on Glady Fork Road, right on Sassafras Mountain Road and back onto Pickens Highway at Rocky Bottom.  The quarter-mile portion is expected to be closed until early August.

The Biltmore Estate reopened their main entrance on Saturday.  7 On Your Side had staff at the estate on Monday.   They observed crews still working on trouble spots along some of the roads.

Meanwhile at the Lake Hartwell Dam, high water levels have prompted the Army Corps of Engineers to open the flood gates.  Water is now rushing through the gates to release excess water.  Officials there say they will continue to release water until the levels return to normal.

7 On Your Side received dramatic video sent in by a viewer that shows a cul-de-sac full of powerful moving water.  Shawna White says it happened in Mauldin on Chelseabrook Court Monday afternoon.  The water was moving so fast that she says it sent a mailbox floating down the river.  

As a result, Renewable Water Resources reported a nearby sewage overflow in the area near Elkwood Street and South Miller Road.  Water bodies impacted include Little Gilder Creek, Gilder Creek and the Enoree River.  Water officials say a line broke when the creek bank gave way.

And when that kind of fast-moving water recedes, it leaves even more problems behind.  Crews are surveying the damage across the Carolinas.  They say high water levels have not only caused the major flooding, they're also dealing with structural damage.

We were on the scene in Simpsonville where another roadway collapsed.  It happened at a bridge on Harness Trail.  The road is now closed because of the sinkhole as crews work to make repairs.

Authorities take the time to remind anyone traveling on roadways impacted by standing or rushing water to avoid a dangerous situation.  The South Carolina Highway Patrol says to never drive or walk through water where you can't see the bottom.

One Upstate teenager relied on that good advice to stay safe while driving in heavy flooding.

"I was on my way home and the roads were blocked off because the bridge was flooded and so we had to go all the way around to get home," Matt Muenster explained.  "But what I was always told is, ‘turn around, don't drown."

Muenster lives in the Del Norte subdivision where flooding kept others from getting in or out of the neighborhood.

Neighbors in the Libby Lane neighborhood of Mauldin asked city leaders for help Tuesday night. Some people had major damage to their homes.

The city manager said he would work with Greenville County to see if any disaster mitigation money can go toward those affected.

The water, for the most part, has receded for now, but forecasters say we could see more rain move into the area Tuesday afternoon.  That brings the potential for even more problems.  Click here for the latest forecast from Storm Team 7.

Fourth of July Sees Many Problems From Weather - July 4, 2013

The large amount of recent rain, some extremely heavy at times, has caused headaches for a lot of people.

Toppled trees, washed out roads, mountain mudslides and widespread flooding have all been reported.

Heavy rain Thursday triggered a mudslide in Pickens County at the North Carolina state line that blocked a busy roadway.  Highway 178 has been closed while crews work to clean up the mess.

Another slide in Asheville closed Vance Gap Road above Chunns Cove Road around 9 p.m., blocking a way out for many residents.  Officials there worked with residents of at least a dozen homes that were impacted.  The road remains closed and is expected to open by the end of the day Friday.

Meanwhile, Tucker and Crawford streets in Landrum were closed Thursday evening after a heavy downpour left knee-deep flooding.

On Maplewood Drive in Lyman, the side of a bridge crumbled because of fast flowing water.

The main entrance to Biltmore Estate in Asheville has been deemed unsafe for vehicle traffic.  According to the Biltmore website, excessive rain and flooding has caused a section of the road along the bank of the Swannanoa River to weaken.  Officials ask that anyone entering the estate to use Cedarcliff Road as an alternate entrance.

Residents across the Upstate and western North Carolina have been dealing with the same problems for days.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and state legislators toured western North Carolina.  They are working with NCDOT engineers and local law enforcement to rebuild damaged roadways as quickly as possible.

And forecasters say the rain isn't expected to let up anytime soon.  Click here for the complete forecast.

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