NEW INFO: Greenville Streets Reopen, Some County Roads Remain Closed

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Greenville police say all three major roads have reopened after about five inches of rain fell Wednesday night and this morning.

Evans Street just north of Arlington flooded up to Howell and was blocked off. But as of 11 a.m., all lanes of the highway were open once again.

The section of Charles Boulevard near ECU's Dowdy Ficklen Stadium reopened around 11:30 a.m. Sergeant Joe Friday from the Greenville Police Department says a man was rescued from a flooded car there overnight.

On Fourteenth Street just east of Charles Boulevard there was flooding on the road that leads up behind Dowdy Ficklen Stadium. That street reopened Thursday afternoon.

The closed roads created traffic gridlock on other major roads in Greenville, including Arlington Boulevard. People have reported that their normal commutes took much longer because of the backups.

Several road out in the county remained closed Thursday afternoon as well. Grimesland Bridge Road, Irving Buck Road, Marvel Bridge Road, and Mills Road are shut down to traffic.

Flash Flooding in Greenville made driving difficult or impossible on several streets and some homes were surrounded by water.

Karen Mitchell's house on the 1500 block of 14th Street was completely surrounded as the rain and hail came hammering down in Greenville Wednesday night.

"It was probably a good three feet deep at one time, just flowing from all directions," said Mitchell. "If I had walked out into the front yard I would've been swept away into the waterways. There was no way I could've walked there."

A wooden bridge was the only way in or out. The water washed away flowers and a big chunk of Karen's driveway. Karen even called 9-1-1.
"The water was almost up to my house and it has knocked everything in the front yard down. I've been here since '06 at this house, and it's never been like this," said Mitchell.

She was safe and sound inside late Wednesday night, but Karen says she has lots of cleaning up to do Thursday.

Greenville police reported many roads saw heavy flooding, including Arlington Blvd. near Red Banks Road, 10th Street near Rock Springs Road and College Hill Drive, Dickinson Avenue near Hooker Road, Evans Street between Howell Street and Arlington Blvd., S. Charles Blvd near East 14th Street, and South Memorial Drive near Millbrook Street. Police had barricades up, advising people not to drive around them.

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