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Weather still causing problems at Angel Oak Park

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The road leading to the Angel Oak Tree has been affected by rain. The road leading to the Angel Oak Tree has been affected by rain.
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While the Maybank Highway entrance to the Angel Oak Park reopened Tuesday, some motorists still had issues getting out to the tourist attraction because the road was impassable due to heavy rain.

"We had a lot frowns on the tail end of our trip today," Derrick Williams said.

Williams runs the Lowcountry Loop Trolley, which takes tourists around to several attractions from Mt. Pleasant to Johns Island. One of the last stops on the trip is usually the Angel Oak Tree, but because of the rain, he hasn't been able to drive his 38 foot trolley down the road.

"We always like to bring our guests by the Angel Oak," he said. "It's one of the treats they get along the way, but for the last several days, we have been able to visit the Angel Oak."

The road leading to the tree was closed to all traffic throughout the weekend. Several works from the City of Charleston were out on the freshly reopened road Tuesday packing in more dirt and gravel to try to keep the road safer.

"The more rain you have, the more maintenance needs to be done," Michael Metzler said.

Metzler and other crews with Charleston will continue to check the roads throughout the holiday week to make sure people are still able to see the famous hot spot. But, the continued high levels of rain are making their job a bit tougher.

"Because of all the rain we had, the ground is saturated," Metzler said. "We have several areas that are prone to flooding, and due to that, we have to constantly clear out any debris."

For, Williams, the more rain that hits the Lowcountry, the more people he has lining up to take his trolley around Charleston.

"It's actually been good, rain or shine," Williams said. "But with the weather being a little inclement lately, people have been wanting to travel to some of the attractions when they can be in the comfort of a trolley."

The Bohicket Road entrance to Angel Oak Park has been closed, but officials say it will reopen Wednesday.

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