The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is making available $5 million in emergency relief funds to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) to repair bridges and roads affected by the recent flooding following heavy rains.
Some areas of the sate received more than 20 inches of rain and caused nearly 400 roads and close to 130 bridges to be closed. Main interstate corridors, including Interstate 95 and Interstate 26, were among the critical routes closed.
One SCDOT employee, 45-year-old Timothy Wayne Gibson, died October 4 as a result of floodwater overturned and swept away his truck while he was overseeing work near Columbia.
“The damage is of historic proportion and the state is hurting,” FHWA Administrator Gregory Nadeau said. “We know that the losses are great throughout the state but getting roads and bridges back up and running again is the first step to restoring communities again.”