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Heavy Rains, Flooding Could Cause DOT Cuts

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Over the past month, heavy rains have left behind flooded and badly damaged roads across the upstate Over the past month, heavy rains have left behind flooded and badly damaged roads across the upstate

Over the past month, heavy rains have left behind flooded and badly damaged roads across the upstate and their impact is still being felt.

Among those hardest hit are in Mauldin where large signs mark where Corn Road is still closed after being washed out by the floods.

"It does make it difficult to get to Simpsonville from here," Mauldin resident Amber Rodman said.

And this isn't the only damaged road the Department of Transportation is dealing with. Driver Dee Rushing says she's noticed the roads are in rough shape.

"I think the cracks are the worst because you hit them and you don't see them," Rushing said.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation says 99 roads across South Carolina were damaged by the heavy rain, including Highway 178 in Pickens County, which officials tell us will remain closed until the end of August.

In the upstate, DOT officials say repairs will cost at least $650,000 if not more, which could have a major impact on the agencies bottom line, meaning certain things will have to be cut.

"We go out and clear the right of way, clear the trees back from the road," Department of Transportation Engineer Jason Allison said. "Those might be things we have to look at."

DOT officials also admit crews are tied up with road repairs, so if you report a damaged road it could take longer for crews to get there.

"It takes away from our routine maintenance and adds time to some of our response times on things," Allison said.

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