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FLOOD INFORMATION

August 16, 2013 4:22 PM

NWS officials predict continued showers and isolated thunderstorms today and tonight as a front remains stalled in the area.  Very heavy rainfall with some of the showers and storms may lead to isolated flash flooding through Sunday. 

MUSC remains fully operational at this time. 

Please refer to HR policies regarding hazardous weather and leave requests.  Please see additional information for Medical Center Staff below.

MUSC Officials continue to monitor this situation and are in regular contact with local public safety authorities.  As there are areas of significant flooding in the Charleston area, please use caution when driving.

MEDICAL CENTER INFORMATION

The MUSC Medical Center remains fully operational at this time.

If road conditions permit, employees are asked to report to work on their usual schedule. If conditions make for dangerous driving, employees are to use good judgment and report to work as soon as practical. Employees are to notify their supervisors if they are unable to arrive on schedule.  Employees on day shift may need to be prepared to remain on the job until their replacement arrives if conditions deteriorate.

Staff Parking for night (7pm – 7am) shift can park in High Rise Garages (recommend Rutledge Tower Employee (W) and Ashley Rutledge Patient Garage).

If flooding, consider taking the following detour routes:

·         Rutledge/Citadel (I-26 exit)

·         Meeting Street Exit proceed onto Calhoun Street to hospital area

·         James Island Connector turn left on Courtenay and proceed to Bee & President

The CARTA buses will be available to transport employees at the locations designated in the Carta Express Route (http://www.ridecarta.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/CARTAExpress-Routes-effec-May-5-2013.pdf).

Flooding is a concern in an around the MUSC Campus including the follow areas:

  • Section of Ashley Avenue between Calhoun and Doughty Streets
  • Intersection of Courtenay and Bee Street
  • Jonathan Lucas Street between Sabin Street and President Street

Driving Tips:

  • Do not drive through flooded areas (even if you think it is shallow)
  • Water hides uneven road surfaces
  • Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.
  • One foot of water will float almost many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles — including SUVs and pick-ups


Parking Alternatives

Patient and Visitor Parking:

Ashley-Rutledge Parking Garage:

During heavy rains such as today, the section of Ashley Avenue between Calhoun and Doughty Streets is usually flooded and closed to through traffic. The Rutledge Avenue entrances and exits of the garage remain accessible. Pedestrian passage to the main hospital and to Rutledge Tower from the Ashley-Rutledge garage is by way of the interior pedestrian connectors.

Jonathan Lucas Street Garage:

During heavy rains the section of Jonathan Lucas Street between Sabin and President Streets is often flooded and impassable except by vans and trucks and sometimes impassable to them as well. Approaches from Courtenay Drive may be passable.  Crossing from the garage to the Clinical Science Building on foot on Jonathan Lucas Street may not be possible.

Courtenay Drive Garage:

Access to the Courtenay Drive garage from Courtenay Drive is not usually affected when flooding occurs elsewhere in the city. However, the intersections of Courtenay and Bee may flood and can prevent vehicles from reaching Charleston Center Drive and the entrance to the garage. While there is a low spot at the intersection of Courtenay Drive and Charleston Center Drive, access to the garage from Calhoun and Courtenay is usually possible. From the garage patients and employees can access ART by way of the connector between the garage and ART.

Employee Parking:

Employees and students should park in their assigned locations if at all possible, utilizing alternate approaches as city roads will allow.

President Street Garage (PGII/E Lot):

If the President and Cannon Street intersection is impassable, the Wescott Court and first entrance to the garage from Cannon Street should be used.

Rutledge Tower Garage (PGIII/W Lot):

Rutledge Avenue is on relatively high ground. Access to the garage continues from Rutledge Avenue and Vanderhorst Street.

Bee Street Garage (PG VII/A Lot):

Bee Street from the VA to Courtenay usually remains passable and entrances and exits to the Bee Street garage are serviceable.

Harborview Tower Garage (PG IV/L Lot):

Access to this garage even during difficult weather conditions is not usually a problem.

All employee garages and lots are usually accessible; however, city streets leading to these locations may not be passable. Employees should try alternate approaches to their assigned locations.   University Transportation will operate as usual unless/until flooding makes it impossible to continue.  Employees who are unable to reach their assigned locations but can reach other locations may park in a location to which they are not assigned.   Gates will be open, or if closed, access can be gained by using the call box at the facility entrance or by calling the remote access operator at 792-1057 on your cell phone.

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