The S.C. Highway Patrol has reported 1,240 weather-related wrecks and other incidents during the winter storm event Tuesday through Wednesday as nearly 1,400 state employees work to ice, sand and reopen roads around the state.
Most interstate roads around the state are clear, according to the state agency.
Key bridges in Charleston County remain were closed as late as Wednesday afternoon. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Arthur Ravenel Bridge (Highway 17) remained closed. An Upstate SCDOT district sent two brine trucks to Charleston to assist.
“Hopefully, the temperature comes up a little bit, we can put traffic back on the bridges,” S.C. Department of Transportation spokesman James Law said. “They’ll dry out some and won’t freeze so hard tonight.”
Chesterfield County was also having difficulties getting roads cleared.
According to SCDOT, here is what has already been put on roads around the state:
- Tons of salt: 11,965
- Tons of sand: 3,578
- Gallons of calcium chloride: 89,772
- Gallons of salt brine: 728,451
South Carolina Electric & Gas reported nearly 8,000 people lost power during the storm, mostly in the Charleston region. 938 outages were still ongoing as of 3:00 p.m., according to the utility.
“That’s really a relatively low number for a winter event like what we saw come through here,” SCE&G spokesman Eric Boomhower said. He added that Charleston was likely hit harder than the rest of the state because it saw more ice and freezing rain that damaged power lines, while most of the state had less-damaging snow.
Updated 4:45 p.m. Jan. 29 to include new information regarding roads.