Georgetown mayor: ‘Don’t wait until the last minute’ to evacuate

Georgetown mayor: ‘Don’t wait until the last minute’ to evacuate

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Georgetown County officials are urging people to evacuate ahead of major flooding now expected to start Wednesday night into Thursday.

The warning applies particularly to those who live in flood zones, but officials warn others might be isolated, too, as conditions worsen.

“Please do not wait until the last minute,” Georgetown Mayor Brendon Barber said. “We do have resources we have the high level water vehicles. We have boats and we also have air evacuations. But don’t make it hard and make it dangerous for the first responders. Please, at this time we are asking you to consider life. You can always rebuild the property.”

Parts of Georgetown are expected to see more than 10 feet of flooding.

South Carolina National Guard soldiers and armory trucks are stationed in the city. Georgetown County also has more than 250 additional police officers in town to help with efforts but also to help prevent people from stealing as people have evacuated.

That includes police from Charleston, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Barber said county teams are doing wastewater and electrical assessments Tuesday.

Graham’s Landing just opened 5 weeks ago and have had to close mutliple times because of Hurricane Florence. The owner has removed furniture to prevent it from being damaged. (Source: Live 5)
Graham’s Landing just opened 5 weeks ago and have had to close mutliple times because of Hurricane Florence. The owner has removed furniture to prevent it from being damaged. (Source: Live 5) (Live 5)

People in Georgetown County are making their final preparations ahead of the severe flooding that is expected on Wednesday. The water from the north will be flowing into the area and roads and bridges are expected to be shut down.

Front Street is an area that is expected to have some of the worst flooding. It’s next to the Sampit River.

Businesses have sand bags and plastic lined up to help prevent water from flowing in. They're also removing tables, chairs and other appliances.

Georgetown County officials say some areas are expected to see more than 10-feet of flooding and they want people to evacuate, especially those that live in flood zones.

If you don’t, they want those people to know that you could be isolated as roads and bridges begin to close.

They say people should expect to be prepared to be in their homes for at least seven days if they do plan to stay. It will take some time before the floodwaters go down.

“If your home is not projected to receive flooding you could be isolated, you may not be able to get where you need to go for supplies, medical care, and emergency responders may not be able to get to you. So that’s something that needs to be taken into consideration, and people need to take this seriously,” said Jackie Broach-Akers, the Georgetown County public information officer.

Shortly after Hurricane Florence a man in his early twenties died after driving past a barricade in the county.

If you see a barricade up on a road, officials say do not move it or pass by it.

You will be ticketed if you do.

As of Tuesday there was one up in Plantersville as a roadway became flooded. A family nearby decided to evacuated shortly after.

The mayor of Georgetown, Brendon, Barber has a message for people about being prepared.

“Please do not wait until the last minute. We do have resources. We have the high level water vehicles, we have boats and we also have air evacuations. But don’t make it hard and make it dangerous for the first responders. Please at this time we are asking you to consider life. You can always rebuild the property,” Barber said.

Georgetown County officials say some of the major flooding impacts are expected to be seen Wednesday night going into Thursday morning.

“I’m really not worried about it because God knows where the water is going and those are materials in the house. So the only thing that I’m concerned about is keeping my family safe,” Georgetown resident Diarendia Smalls said.

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