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Edisto Beach remains closed as officials deal with damage

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EDISTO BEACH, SC (WCSC) -

The town of Edisto Beach remains shut down Sunday as officials wade through the damage of Hurricane Matthew.

According to Mayor Jane Darby, assessment crews are helping to document the destruction for FEMA before recovery can begin. Dept. of National Resources, SLED and National Guard are assisting town and Colleton County deputies in the process.

Officials said Palmetto Boulevard isn’t reachable by car due to sand deposited by the storm, which is estimated to be between 6 to 8 ft. Until the town is deemed safe, police are not letting anyone into Edisto Beach. Town officials confirm there is no electricity, water, or EMS services. Many roads remain impassable due to downed trees, power lines and flooding.  
 
Officials issued a mandatory evacuation order Tuesday, though officials estimate around 10 people chose to ride out the hurricane. Police are being dispatched for welfare checks to make sure everyone is ok though they said some areas are only reachable by boat due to flood waters.  
 
Mayor Jane Darby said crews are working as fast as they can to get people back to check on their property. A curfew remains in effect until cleared by the mayor. According to a statement from Edisto Beach Police Facebook Friday: 

"Folks, we are aware that Governor Haley stated that the evacuation has been lifted for Colleton County. This DOES NOT apply to Edisto Beach. Due to the damage we suffered and the hazards that still exist, we are continuing the evacuation for the beach at this time. We hope to expedite your return but please bear with us for a while longer. Due to the conditions that exist, even some who stayed for the storm are now choosing to leave."


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