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Charleston Co. to remain at OpCon 1 until it can assess damage

Flooding in Charleston. (Photo Source: User-Submitted) Flooding in Charleston. (Photo Source: User-Submitted)
Flooding in the Bees Ferry Road area. (Photo Source: User-Submitted) Flooding in the Bees Ferry Road area. (Photo Source: User-Submitted)
Police blocked off the James Island Connector over the weekend. (Photo Source: Live 5) Police blocked off the James Island Connector over the weekend. (Photo Source: Live 5)

Charleston County emergency officials say the county will remain at OpCon 1, the highest level of emergency preparedness operations, until they can fully assess damage caused by the flooding.

Sheriff Al Cannon warned residents to be wary of standing water and roadways where water has receded.

"If you're in areas where water has been, we don't know, yet, because we've not done all the assessment we need to do, whether or not any of those roadways have been undermined by the water," Cannon said. "Some of these areas, like on 17 North, you need not to try to do the speed limit, you need to slow down some, there are still some wet spots and some road water standing on the roads and we don't want to see anyone hydroplaning through those spots."

MOBILE USERS: Click here for photos of flooding across the Lowcountry.

The county's two shelters, at the North Charleston United Methodist Church at 1125 E. Montague Ave. in North Charleston, and the work camp facility at the Al Cannon Detention Center at 3841 Leeds Avenue, are still operating. People with pets can bring them to the work camp, Charleston County Emergency Management Chief Cathy Haynes said.

A representative from the American Red Cross said they will operate their shelters as long as they are needed.

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