Kingstree shelter closes because of adverse weather threat

Kingstree shelter closes because of adverse weather threat

WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A shelter in Kingstree closed Thursday night because of the threat of possible adverse weather, according to American Red Cross officials.

The shelter location is the Williamsburg County Recreation Center. Red Cross officials say people who need shelter in the Kingstree area should move to the Kingstree Senior High School at 615 Martin Luther King Ave.

The remaining shelters still open in the county are:

  • Hemingway High School, 402 Main Street in Hemingway
  • C.E. Murray High School, 222 C.E. Murray Blvd., in Greeleyville

Officials in Williamsburg County said Thursday they've made more than 100 rescues from floodwaters.

Williamsburg County Supervisor Stanley Pauley said there have been 75 home rescues and 35 swift water rescues from vehicles so far. Pauley said evacuations are still being done in low lying areas.

"There's tremendous damage along the Black River," Pauley said.

The supervisor urged drivers not to go around barricades even if there is little or no water on the road. Pauley said he doesn't want anyone caught on a caved in road.

According to Pauley, officials are assessing closed roads and bridges to make sure they are safe before opening them.

Officials said commodity distribution centers will soon open in Kingstree and Hemingway. Only people in need with dash cards or a photo I.D. will qualify.

A curfew from 7 p.m. till 7 a.m. will remain in effect in the county.

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