Five weather-related deaths reported; Statewide response continuing as flooding persists

Five weather-related deaths reported; Statewide response continuing as flooding persists

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division have reported five weather related deaths as the statewide response continues.

SCEMD says three deaths were reported by SC Highway Patrol, and two were reported by the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

As of 8 p.m. on Sunday, the SCEMD reported the following information:

Fifteen counties remain fully activated at Operating Condition One.

Ten counties or municipalities have declared States of Emergency.

Eight counties or municipalities have imposed overnight curfews.

Five weather-related deaths have been reported. Three were reported by the S.C. Highway Patrol, two from Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Numerous roads have been closed due to flooding conditions.

The S.C. Highway Patrol has 255 troopers on duty with others on standby.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has 320 agents on active or standby duty.

Some 30,000 sandbags have been used by the S.C. Department of Transportation and local public safety agencies.

S.C. Highway Patrol reports Interstate 95 between I-20 in Florence County and I-26 in Orangeburg County has been closed. Interstate traffic in that affected area is being rerouted.

S.C. Highway Patrol reports that today from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. there were reports of 315 collisions, 239 calls for assistance, 273 reports of trees on the road and 318 reports of roadway flooding

Eight swift water rescue teams are operating with more teams arriving from other states.

School districts in 19 counties are closed or operating on a delayed schedule Monday.

The S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental Control warns of the dangers associated with rising floodwaters, including drowning, bacterial and viral infection from sewage overflows.

Public Information Phone System continues to handle inquiries from the public. The number to call is 1-866-246-0133.

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