Road Closed

Church Camp Road near Cameron is still closed from Cameron Road to Dwight Swamp Road due to dam failure.

LARRY HARDY/T&D

Two Calhoun County roads remain closed 10  months after the historic flooding in October 2015.

About 1.45 miles of Church Camp Road near Cameron are closed from Cameron Road to Dwight Swamp Road due to dam failure, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation.

Community Club Road from S.C. Highway 6 to McCords Ferry Road is also closed due to dam failure and bridge replacement, according to SCDOT.

SCDOT has not determined when the roads will be reopened.

Road and bridge repairs will begin once the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control certifies the dam owners’ repair or abandonment. DHEC is the regulatory agency for dams in the state.

South Carolina has 23 roads closed by dams. Fifteen are regulated by DHEC, including the two in Calhoun County.

If an owner decides to repair or remove a dam, they must follow state requirements including filing a permit application for DHEC to review and approve.

DHEC says it is working with dam owners to provide technical assistance so that they can make final decisions on the future of their dams and implement the repairs.

"As of today, the department has not received a permit application request for repair," DHEC Public Information Officer Cassandra Harris.

"We continue to be in contact with the owners of both dams and are working with them to provide technical assistance so that they can make final decisions on the future of their dams and implement the repairs,” she said.

An attempt to reach the dam owners was unsuccessful.

DHEC says they are low-hazard dams. Low-hazard dams “may cause minimal property damage,” according to DHEC.

The two roads in Calhoun County are the only ones in The T&D Region still closed since the flood.

Contact the writer: gzaleski@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5551. Check out Zaleski on Twitter at @ZaleskiTD.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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