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Charleston County emergency officials urging residents to take precautions now

Cathy Haynes with the Charleston County Emergency Department Cathy Haynes with the Charleston County Emergency Department

Charleston County emergency officials said they are watching the potential for severe flooding, and are urging all residents to take precautions now.

Officials are concerned some folks may not take the situation seriously enough.

That's because we are not expected to be directly affected by Hurricane Joaquin and some people may believe that the flooding threat is from the hurricane when actually it is not.

All you have to do is recall what happened back in August when flood waters from heavy rains ravaged the Tri-County area.

Officials say we could see a much worse situation from the rains and floods coming this weekend.

"The biggest thing is safety for the citizens. We know that they need to be careful when they go out. If they don't have to go out, it's probably a good idea just to stay off the road," said Cathy Haynes with the Charleston County Emergency Department. 

Haynes warned there may be areas that normally don't flood could very well flood this time around.

Haynes said the agency moved to OPCON 4 as of 5 p.m. Thursday as it monitors the threat for heavy rains and flooding into the weekend.

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