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(UPDATED) Storm Pushes in an Astronomical Tide, Resulting in Significant Flooding

Sunday’s storm brought high winds that pushed up the predicted 6-foot tide to almost ten feet, peaking at noon, which caused coastal flooding and many impassable roads. Currently, all roads are passable, but there is still standing water in many areas.

Storm cleanup and a damage assessment is underway. Use caution when venturing out.



  • 12:15 p.m. – The Kiawah Island Parkway is flooded in both lanes outside of the main gate between Mingo Point and the Kiawah Island Real Estate office (pictured), preventing access to Kiawah. The parkway is also flooded in front of Fire Station 4 near East Beach and at the Vanderhorst Gate intersection. Governors Drive is flooded in several areas.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Kiawah’s two largest drainage basins have automatic gates open to drain.
  • 12:45 p.m. – Flooding is widespread. Many of Kiawah’s main roads: the Kiawah Island Parkway, Governors Drive, Flyway Drive, Surfong Road, and more, have areas of hazardous flooding.
  • 1 p.m. – The fire captain reported several stalled vehicles on flooded roads.
  • 1:45 p.m. – The Kiawah Island Parkway outside of the main gate is still flooded but passable in taller SUVs and trucks.
  • 1:50 p.m. – Boardwalk Damage Reported: Please use caution on boardwalks!
  • 1:55 p.m. – Use caution on Sea Marsh Drive at the intersection of Marsh Hawk Lane. The curbing has washed out.
  • 3:20 p.m. The Kiawah Island Parkway is passable. There is still some nuisance flooding, so use caution. Avoid driving this evening, if possible.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Governors Drive near Flyway Drive is still flooded and only passable in a tall SUV or truck. East-end property owners should use Surfsong Road to avoid the Governors/Flyway intersection.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Boardwalks 8A and 13 are closed due to damage.
  • 5:30 p.m. – A pump has been placed at Governors Drive to help drain the area between Flyway Drive (the first intersection) and Yellow Throat.
  • 7:50 p.m. – All roads are currently passable. If you choose to drive, please use caution and drive slowly. There is still standing water on many roads.

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