SCEMD: 3 weather-related fatalities, 439 collisions reported during flooding

SCEMD: 3 weather-related fatalities, 439 collisions reported during flooding
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COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The state's Emergency Management Division released new numbers on Saturday's torrential rainfall while it operates on a statewide OpCon 1 status.

As of 8 p.m. Saturday, state emergency officials report:

  • Dorchester County declared a state of emergency. A 6 p.m. curfew has been imposed in St. George, Ridgeville, Harleyville and Reedsville.
  • A state of emergency has been declared for Edisto Beach. The seawall at Edisto Beach has breached, resulting in heavy flooding.
  • S.C. Highway Patrol reports three weather-related traffic fatalities.
  • S.C. Highway Patrol has responded to 439 traffic collisions on the state’s roadways, assisted 170 motorists, 118 trees on roadways, and 104 reports of flooded roads.
  • Federal emergency declaration announced, which activates federal resources to support the state and local emergency response efforts.
  • Shelters have been opened in Anderson, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry and Spartanburg counties. Other shelters in Anderson, Colleton and Spartanburg counties are on stand-by if needed.
  • The North Charleston Sewer District has reported they are experiencing sanitary sewer overflows due to the wide spread flooding conditions. The overflows are expected to continue throughout the flood event this weekend.
  • The S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental Control warns of the dangers associated with rising floodwaters, including drowning, bacterial and viral infection.
  • The South Carolina National Guard and the state Department of Transportation continue working to fill and deliver sandbags to SCDOT districts for local public safety agencies’ use. Resource requests for bags being processed.
  • County emergency managers report multiple road closures and trees down throughout the state, particularly in coastal areas. Visit for real-time road conditions.
  • The S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff reports a total 2,992 power outages statewide.
  • Public Information Phone System has been activated for inquiries from the public. The number to call is 1-866-246-0133.

When flooding occurs in your area, SCEMD officials recommend residents take the following steps:

  • Be aware of potential flash flooding. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move. Monitor local media and trusted websites for updated conditions, advisories and instructions.
  • If time allows, prepare your home for a flood by moving essential items to an upper floor, purchase sandbags at hardware and home improvement stores, bring in outdoor furniture, disconnect electrical appliances and be prepared to turn off the gas, electricity and water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. Do not drive around barricades posted at or near flooded streets. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle could be quickly swept away. One foot of water can cause your car to float off the roadway.
  • Be aware of electricity issues. Don't go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises --get out! Stay out of water that may have electricity in it!

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