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Closed roadways and bridges continue to snarl traffic for South Carolina drivers

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Veronica Kuntz says while her employees are continuously late for work, she is staying positive that officials will get the roads cleared up. Veronica Kuntz says while her employees are continuously late for work, she is staying positive that officials will get the roads cleared up.
The Department of Transportation puts up a traffic map in order to show the nearly 300 roads and bridges still closed. The Department of Transportation puts up a traffic map in order to show the nearly 300 roads and bridges still closed.

By: Stephanie Youngblood

Traffic. We all dread it. The historic flooding nearly two weeks ago, struck the Richland and Lexington countys' road system the hardest. 211 state and county roads were closed, and 78 are still off limits. Fifty of the closed county roads are dirt roads.

Drivers are struggling to find alternate routes, crowding roads and streets. Those long lines aren't going anywhere.

Lexington County Council Chairman, Johnny Jeffcoat, said it will be a year or two before all the damage can be assessed.

"What was used before as a road is now a river," he said.

Veronica Kuntz, Director of the Crime Victims' ombudsman's office, says her employees are continuously late.

"Actually, I'm a boss and people coming from West Columbia are really, really having a terrible time. One of my employees left at five o'clock and didn't get home till six-thirty. That trip normally takes her just twenty minutes," says Kuntz.

They're not alone either. Many USC students are arriving several hours late for class. The state has workers concentrating on fixing 10 roads that are necessary for school bus routes.

Many of those caught in traffic are also still without homes. During Tuesday's council meeting, Lexington City Councilman, Todd Cullum, asked people to be patient while the county makes road repairs and to work with FEMA to examine damages. The floodwaters heavily damaged 500 apartments and houses.

County officials estimate repair costs to reach $10 million.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are set up at the Irmo, Lexington Main and Cayce - West Columbia libraries for victims to get answers and apply for aid.

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