Berkeley Co. to open shelter Friday morning

Berkeley Co. to open shelter Friday morning

Berkeley County officials say they will open a shelter Friday afternoon for Jamestown residents and others living along the creeks off the Santee River.

The shelter will be opened ahead of the Santee River hitting major flood stage -- above 22 feet -- at 2 a.m. Saturday.

"Based on forecasts from the National Weather Service, we expect the flood levels to be slightly above those from the 2003 flood," County Supervisor Bill Peagler said. "From these forecasts, we also expect there to be localized flooding in the Jamestown area. We strongly advise Jamestown residents who suffered flood damage or were stuck in their homes due to road closures in 2003 and those living along the creeks off of the Santee River to leave their homes tomorrow. With our focus on your life and safety, Berkeley County is opening a Red Cross shelter for you to evacuate to."

The shelter will open at Timberland High School on 1418 Gravel Hill Rd. in St. Stephen at 5 p.m. Friday, Peagler said.

Residents are not allowed to bring pets to the shelter.

Berkeley County residents in the areas expected to be affected who have questions should call (843) 719-4800.

Residents in other parts of Berkeley County who have questions about the area they live in or about road closures should call the South Carolina Emergency Management Division at (866) 246-0133.

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