I-95 reopens after waters recede

Johnny Lu

Nearly a week after a Hurricane Joaquin submerged South Carolina, one of the main interstates on the East Coast is being reopened throughout the state.

Connecting Maine to Miami, Interstate 95 was closed in South Carolina for a week as a result of the major flooding throughout the state. 

Road closures forced drivers to take a 170-mile detour through the state capitol of Columbia rather than the usual 75-mile drive between Interstates 26 and 20.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation reports that approximately 16 miles of southbound lanes reopened Monday morning while northbound lanes look to reopen as soon as late Monday or early Tuesday.

While flooding is beginning to recede, multiple bridges and roads still remain closed for repair.