ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Sheriff Leroy Ravenell is urging all Orangeburg County residents to remain off the roads through at least Monday.
"I've personally been monitoring our county's roads since early this morning and have observed conditions that are still deteriorating," the sheriff said. "I've observed many roads that have experienced washouts that have made for unsafe traveling condition."
Ravenell said of particular concern is the condition of bridges.
Authorities say many bridges have been closed, but those remaining open will need to be inspected for structural integrity.
The sheriff said if at all possible, do not travel except in the event of an extreme emergency.
"Meteorologists are calling for heavy rains to slacken as the day ends," Ravenell said."However, roads may continue to experience deterioration even as the week goes on with the record amount of rain that has already fallen in Orangeburg County."
Ravenell and the OCSO deputies continue to monitor road conditions in the community throughout the afternoon.
"Our concern is your safety and well being," he said. "Check on your neighbors and ensure they are OK. But please don't drive if you can at all possibly avoid it."