Parts of Memorial Drive in Greer will be closed for several months after flooding this past weekend washed out a section of the road.
South Carolina Department of Transportation District 3 maintenance engineer Jason Allison said a 96-inch drainage pipe could not handle the runoff from an estimated six inches of rain the area received Saturday night.
Once it started undermining the roadway, it didn’t take long for it to… wash out the dirt on one side of the pipe and create a void there,” he told South Carolina Radio Network. “Pipe’s still intact. Pipe’s still in place, it just washed everything away.”
Allison said it will take months to rebuild the road, especially since engineers are deciding if they want to change the culvert’s design.
SCDOT said two vehicles became trapped after they attempted to cross the washed out culvert and roadway Saturday. Four people were rescued and two were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The damaged culvert is located on Memorial Drive just west of Tryon Street near the Second Baptist Church in Greer. Drivers needing to go around the closed road will need to take a 2-mile detour.