Part of Downtown Charleston Reopens to Residents, Business Owners

AP LogoCHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A portion of flooded Charleston, South Carolina, has reopened on a limited basis.

Residents and business owners are being permitted to enter the downtown Charleston peninsula, which includes the city’s historic district. Tourists and the merely curious are being turned away by police.

City officials closed the area to incoming traffic on Saturday because of flooding from heavy rains. Officials say more than 60 streets and intersections remain closed because of high water.

East Coast flooding from days of record-setting rain has washed out bridges and homes and at least five weather-related deaths have been reported. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina.

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