COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday evacuation orders have been lifted for all residents in Georgetown and Horry as of 8 a.m.
Orders for Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper counties were lifted Sunday, and there are no effective evacuation orders remaining.
Returning residents are encouraged to exercise patience and expect lengthy travel times, blocked roadways and detours back to evacuated areas, South Carolina Emergency Management Division spokesman Derrec Becker said. Motorists are asked not to drive around barricades or use emergency lanes that are needed for first responders.
Although Hurricane Matthew has moved away from South Carolina's coast, hazardous conditions still exist in many parts of coastal and inland counties:
- Avoid flood waters or standing water. Do not use area streams, rivers or the ocean for drinking, bathing or swimming due to the possibility of bacteria, waste water, or other contaminants. Avoid wading through standing water due to the possibility of sharp objects, power lines, or other hazardous debris that may be under the surface.
- Do not use generators indoors. Running generators in homes, garages, or other closed areas can lead to increased levels of carbon monoxide, which can be fatal and may cause death.
- Be sure tap water is safe to consume. Watch for boil water advisories on your local news or call your water utility. Use only bottled or stored water until it is determined that the water is safe to drink. If water is not safe to drink, boil water vigorously for at least one minute and then cool before use.
The S.C. Emergency Management Division's website, http://scemd.org, lists emergency shelter status statewide and is updated in real-time.