Flooding due to Hurricane Florence has caused an estimated $75 million worth of damage to South Carolina’s roads so far.
The Post and Courier reports the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) released the initial estimates last week. That number could potentially increase further as more assessments continue when the floodwaters recede.
SCDOT said that federal disaster money should eventually cover most of that. The Federal Highway Administration has already approved $8 million in quick release emergency money to jump-start repairs.
Crews are removing flood barriers around the U.S. Highway 501 Bypass near Conway. The barriers were able to hold back more than 21 feet of water and keep open the primary route into the Grand Strand.
Four miles of SC Highway 22 reopened in both directions last week after the waters went down again and inspectors found the road in good condition.