In consultation with the National Weather Service, City of Charleston emergency management officials have begun finalizing preparations for a significant storm event beginning overnight tonight and continuing through Tuesday evening.
The worst conditions are currently expected overnight Sunday into the early hours of Monday morning, as high tides and heavy rains combine to cause flooding on low-lying city streets.
As always, city emergency management officials urge motorists to avoid flooded roadways and exercise caution when driving in areas prone to flooding.
In addition, with residential garbage collection suspended for the Christmas holiday, citizens are asked to retrieve and secure any cans that may have been placed curbside.
At present, city crews are continuing to monitor ditches and storm drains and perform pre-storm preventative maintenance. Portable pumps have been secured and pre-positioned for use as needed.
City police are monitoring conditions and will work with city Traffic and Transportation officials to manage road closures and re-openings as conditions warrant.
"Based on the latest forecast, we would encourage motorists to avoid unnecessary travel in the city over the next 48 hours, particularly overnight tonight through mid-day Monday," said city Emergency Director Shannon Scaff. "For those who must be out, please remain aware of the possibility of flash flooding and use alternative routes to avoid driving through any standing water you may encounter."
City officials will remain in close communication with the National Weather Service throughout the storm, and ask citizens to monitor local media for weather-related news and updates until it has cleared the area.