Williamsburg Co. officials update recovery during Matthew aftermath

Williamsburg Co. officials update recovery during Matthew aftermath

KINGSTREE, SC (WCSC) - Williamsburg County officials say power outages and flooding are the biggest issues residents face in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Sheriff's office spokesman Alex Edwards told reporters Wednesday that EMS has responded to more than 100 calls including water rescues. He also spoke of residents arriving at the county's emergency operations center and breaking down over the prospect of another major flooding event since last October's so-called 1,000-year rain.

Other important information from the news conference:

  • A burning ban for the county has been lifted, but residents are asked to burn only debris, not household trash.
  • The Kingstree area remains under a boil water advisory.
  • The county's fire chief asked residents who are leaving their home to make sure the main breaker to the homes are turned off if they do not currently have power.
  • Some 150 trees have fallen in the county, nine roads are flooded  and six roads have washed out.

This is a developing story. Check back for additional updates.

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