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As Ian draws closer to Charleston, downtown garages begin to fill up

CHARLESTON, South Carolina – As of Thursday evening, two parking garages in Charleston still offered free parking in advance of Hurricane Ian.

One of these garages is located at 34 Saint Philip Street. Due to college student evacuations, this Charleston, South Carolina, parking garage has 200 available slots. People may now park there for free till Saturday at 5 p.m.

The other garage, located at 90 Cumberland Street and owned by Charleston County, has at least 200 spaces available, according to city spokeswoman Jack O’Toole. Parking is free in this garage until noon on Sunday.

O’Toole stated that all other city garages are likely to be full.

According to city officials, everyone using the garages must adhere to the following procedure.

  • Vehicles need to be removed by the designated time to be eligible for free parking.
  • Pull a ticket upon entering
  • When leaving – Press the black “assistance” button on the upper right-hand side of the call box. An attendant will respond to assist you.
  • State you were parking to avoid flooding.
  • Provide your name and address when requested.
  • Insert your ticket into the machine (if you have not already done so)
  • The attendant will raise the gate for you to exit

Boats, trailers, and golf carts are not permitted in garages.

Below is a list of garages that were made available to city residents and immediately filled within hours.

  • Aquarium Garage – 24 Calhoun Street
  • East Bay/ Prioleau – 25 Prioleau Street
  • Queen Street – 93 Queen Street
  • Visitor Center – 63 Mary Street
  • 99 West Edge – 99 West Edge Street

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