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Flooding closes two county roads

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By Greg Summers

Lancaster County Public Works has placed barricades up on two roads to prevent through traffic due to flooding in the area.

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Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis issued a statement just after 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, that barricades are now in place along Stewart Place Road in the Bell Town community and on Center Grove Road, which is between the towns of Heath Springs and Kershaw.

“Both have access at either end,” Willis said in the release. “Both will need to remain closed indefinitely.”

Stewart Place Road is off J.B. Denton Road and crosses over Dry Creek.

Center Grove Road is off Kershaw Camden Highway (U.S. 521) near Andrew Jackson High School and runs near Baxter Kennington Road and Aaron Knight Lane near Heath Springs. 

Willis said Stewart Place Road may have receded enough to reopen Tuesday, Jan. 13, after a safety assessment. However, Center Grove Road will remain closed to through traffic for now. Willis said the closed section of Center Grove Road has been compromised and a section of pipe must be replaced.

As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, more than an inch of rain had drenched the county since midnight Sunday, Jan. 11, with the eastern and southeastern areas seeing more than 2.5 inches of rain. Weather forecasts are calling for precipitation through Thursday, Jan. 14. 

“With more forecast of rain, we may have other problems,” Willis said.      

 

Contact copy editor Greg Summers at (803) 283-1156