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Williamsburg Co. officials expect issues with Santee River

Flooding from the Black River along Highway 41. (Photo Source: Nate Morris) Flooding from the Black River along Highway 41. (Photo Source: Nate Morris)
WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Officials in Williamsburg County say they are expecting flooding issues around the Santee River as water is moving in from the Midlands.

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, officials said controlled releasing of water from dams will hopefully reduce any flooding dangers.

Meanwhile, the Black River has crested four feet higher than the previous record.

The river crested Tuesday at 23.8 feet, beating the previous record crest of 19.8 feet.

There have been no fatalities in the county so far, which officials credit to citizens taking heed of warnings to evacuate.

Four shelters have been established:

  • Williamsburg County Recreation Complex, 2084 Thurgood Marshall Hwy. in Kingstree
  • Kingstree Senior High School, 615 Martin Luther King Ave. in Kingstree
  • Hemingway High School, 402 Main Street in Hemingway
  • C.E. Murray High School, 222 C.E. Murray Blvd., in Greeleyville

The county also is continuing its curfew, in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

County officials say they hope to get schools back in session next week.

County government offices will remain closed on Wednesday.

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