Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The Midlands saw the wettest summer on record this year, and it's caused damage to roads and bridges.
Officials at the South Carolina Department of Transportation admitted that the unseasonably wet weather was likely the culprit of $5,567,020 in needed statewide repairs.
"Certainly that took its toll on our roadways," said David Cook, State Maintenance Egineer at SCDOT. "We had a lot of washouts, a lot of pipe failures, some bridge failures, and even flooded roads that had to be closed due to high water."
After being hit with howling winds and pounded with buckets of water, roads and bridges across the state are in desperate need of repair.
"We had at least one bridge where we actually had a portion of the bridge collapse," Cook said.
The partially collapsed bridge is in Pickens County, Cook said.
"$5.5 is huge on a historical level for this type of stuff without being a hurricane or some other significant event," Cook said.
According to Cook, SCDOT put $2.2 milion in a fund for maintenance, but because of the estimated cost of the needed repairs, they will need to pull money from other places to cover the bill.
It may cause routine work like mowing or repairing cracked sidewalks to suffer, Cook said.
"Our folks have their routine operating budget," said Cook. "They have money that they can spend on this. The downside is other routine planned work that they were going to do with that money, you know, they're going to have to put off."
According to a slideshow presentation Cook made during a Thursday afternoon work session for SCDOT Commissioners, 15 bridges needed repair and there were 91 washouts.
A washout occurs when a road or sidewalk is path is interrupted due to the foundation below the surface washing out.
"Whatever the highest priority items, that's what we'll direct our funds to," Cook said. "We base that on safety, moving folks, (and) getting roads opened."
Damage estimates could move higher depending on the amount of rain that falls moving forward, and as the assessments continue.
Cook said SCDOT is also looking to receive $1.8 million in federal emergency response funds.