WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Williamsburg County officials are urging people living near the Black River to voluntarily evacuate because of flood dangers.
"Citizens wishing to stay home and not follow the evacuation will do so at your own risk," the county said in a release.
The Black River is expected to crest around 5 p.m. Monday.
Williamsburg County Emergency Management opened shelters at the following locations:
- Hemingway High School, 400 South Main St., Hemingway
- C.E. Murray High School, 95 C.E. Murray Blvd., Greeleyville
- Kingstree Senior High School, 601 Martin Luther King Dr., Kingstree
- Williamsburg County Recreation Complex, 2084 Thurgood Marshall Highway, Kingstree.
Williamsburg County Public Safety has conducted 20 vehicle swift-water rescues and approximately 50 house water rescues since the state of emergency was issued, according to county emergency management spokesman Jeff Singleton. The Town of Lane has issued a mandatory curfew starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 7 a.m.
All other townships and municipalities within Williamsburg County have ordered a mandatory curfew between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Williamsburg County Schools are closed on Tuesday, as well as government offices.
Officials urge residents to not travel the roadways because of extreme flooding.
Anyone needing assistance to leave their homes should contact (843) 354-0790.