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Temporary dam removal snarling South Carolina coast traffic

October 7, 2018

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence may be gone, but temporary dams are still causing traffic snarls on a South Carolina highway.

WCSC-TV reports highway crews have been removing 9,000 feet (2,700 meters) of water-filled temporary dams lining U.S. 17 between Georgetown and Pawley’s Island. Crews started Wednesday, but were only halfway done by Saturday afternoon.

The barriers were meant to prevent Hurricane Florence floodwater from drowning the highway.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation says barriers can be installed much more quickly than they can be removed, so lanes will be closed for several more days.

Virginia Ogburn-Matthews says delays mean a drive that took 10 minutes now takes up to 90 minutes.

South Carolina Department of Transportation engineer Jayson Cantey says the state hopes to finish by the middle of this week.

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Information from: WCSC-TV, http://www.wcsc.com

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