Governor Haley views storm damage in Colleton County, Aiken

Governor Haley views storm damage in Colleton County, Aiken

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley spent most of the day touring areas hit hardest by this week's ice storm.

The governor began in Aiken County, followed by stops in Colleton County, where she spoke with SCE&G utility crews, working to restore power in a Walterboro neighborhood.

"What we know is an ice storm is so much more damaging than a hurricane," she said.

Residents in Colleton County are among over 200,000 in the state still without power.  Said Gov. Haley, a vast improvement from the near 350,000.

Colleton County native and District 121 representative Kenneth Hodges said the damage was the county's worst in decades.

"I've been in this county all of my life and I don't think I've seen anything like this since Hurricane Gracie in 1959."

Governor Haley was unsure of the timeline for total restoration, but noted the Palmetto state was being assisted by eleven other states.

"Our goal is to make sure we keep everyone safe over the next few days," Haley said.

"We know in a week from now we'll be in a much better place."

Haley said her biggest concern is the state's elderly population, many of whom will not leave their homes, despite a loss of power.

Haley noted nearly 40 shelters available statewide, include special needs shelters, available based on demand.

"They have everything you need, all you have to do is show up."

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