Several city and county governments are providing sandbags as Matthew continues its trek north.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon, calling for coastal evacuations ahead of the dangerous hurricane possibly making landfall on the coast of South Carolina later this week.
Potential effects for the Lowcountry include hurricane force winds on the coast, heavy surf and beach erosion, storm surges of three to five feet and four to eight inches of rainfall. Power outages are also expected as early as Friday afternoon.
As of early Wednesday morning, here's what some Lowcountry city and county officials are saying about sandbags you may want to protect your home with:
Berkeley County is distributing sandbags at the following locations:
Berkeley County Rescue Squad, 202 Factory Street, Moncks Corner
Bonneau Fire Department, 420 Municipal Lane, Bonneau
C & B Fire Department, 509 Royle Road, Ladson
Caromi Fire Department, 554 College Park Road, Ladson
City of Hanahan, Yeamans Hall and Robinson, Hanahan
Cordesville Fire Department, 1931 Highway 402, Moncks Corner
Cross Fire Department, 1007 Short Cut Road, Cross
Forty-One Fire Department, 1192 Forty One Road, Bonneau
Huger Rural Fire Department, 1004 United Drive, Huger
Lake Moultrie Fire Department, 942 Black Oak Road, Bonneau
Macedonia Fire Department, 2108 North Highway 17A, Bonneau
Town of Moncks Corner Fire Department, 118 Carolina Avenue, Moncks Corner
Whitesville Fire Department, 115 Sunview Avenue, Moncks Corner
City of Charleston
"After distributing 15,500 sandbags—a record number of sandbags for a single event—at four separate locations, the city discontinued sandbag operations. To purchase sandbags, citizens should contact a local home hardware store."
City of Folly Beach
"Please plan to secure sandbags through private sources, but there may be limited sandbags available through the Town of James Islandr at 1433 Patterson Avenue on James Island; the City has requested additional resources from the County and will publicize information if they become available."
Isle of Palms
Sandbags supplies are still available at the Municipal Parking Lot on Pavilion Drive.
" Please plan to secure sandbags through private sources, but there may be limited sandbags available through the Town of James Islandr at 1433 Patterson Avenue on James Island; the City has requested additional resources from the County and will publicize information if they become available.
On Thursday, officials said they no longer have sandbags available.
A limit of 10 sandbags are available to North Charleston residents at the city's Public Works Facility, 5800 Casper Padgett Way, starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Beginning at noon, Dorchester County will have a limited number of sandbags available for pickup at the below locations.
Ashley River Fire Station 8045 Dorchester Road, Charleston, SC 29418
Old Fort Fire Dept. 4214 Ladson Road, Ladson, SC 29456
Summerville Fire Training Center 1101 Yancey Street, Summerville, SC 29485
Dorchester Detention Center 212 Deming Way, Summerville, SC 29485
In order to make resources available to as many residents as possible, each household will be limited to ten (10) sandbags.
Sandbags will be available on a first come, first serve bases while supplies last, or until 5:00 PM.
As of 8 am. Thursday, Georgetown County officials are out of sandbags. People can call their hotline number, 843- 545-3273, to check supply.
Officials are expecting a bigger supply Thursday afternoon and will begin distributing again at 8 Oaks when they arrive.
How to use sandbags
Georgetown County officials provided the following guidance for residents who have never used sandbags during potential flooding situations:
When properly filled and placed, sandbags redirect storm and debris flows away from property improvements.
Fill sandbags half full.
Sand is suggested if readily available, but sand is not mandatory for this method of redirecting flows to be effective. Any type of soil may be used.
For a more durable bag with increased effective life, mix 10 parts of sand or soil with 1 part of cement. The materials can be mixed and placed dry. After all bags are in place, a light sprinkling of water is recommended. This technique is only effective with burlap sandbags and will not work with plastic sandbags.
When placing sandbags, fold the top of the sandbag down and rest bag on its folded top. It is important to place bags with the folded top toward the upstream or uphill direction to prevent bags from opening when water runs by them.
Place each sandbag in layers, completing each layer prior to starting the next layer. Limit placement to two layers unless a building is used as a backing or sandbags are pyramided.
Keep in mind that sandbags will not seal out water.
Do not use straw or bales of hay in lieu of sand. They do not perform as well as sandbags and may be washed away.