DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Officials say an areal flood warning has been extended for Dorchester County until 1 p.m. on Thursday.
The warning has been issued to keep citizens alert to the hazard of gradually rising waters in the vicinity of the Ashley River, Edisto River and Four Hole Swamp, according to a statement by county officials.
"Minus Bridge on US Highway 78 just south of US Highway 178 has reopened. Water levels are always changing. The bridge could close again at a later date," officials said.
An areal flood warning is issued for flooding that develops more gradually, usually from prolonged and persistent moderate to heavy rainfall.This results in a gradual ponding or buildup of water in low-lying, flood prone areas, as well as small creeks and streams. The flooding normally occurs more than six hours after the rainfall begins, and may cover a large area. However, even though this type of flooding develops more slowly than flash flooding, it can still be a threat to life and property.
The Dorchester County Emergency Operations Center remains at OPCON 5, closely monitoring the situation.
County officials provided the following information:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides two main types of assistance following natural disasters- Public Assistance and Individual Assistance.
On, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists in the State of South Carolina and ordered Federal (Public Assistance) aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the 13 counties most severely affected by Hurricane Matthew, including Dorchester County.
The Public Assistance Program helps reimburse local governments, state agencies, eligible private non-profit organizations and electric co-operatives for certain expenses they have incurred.
Federal disaster aid is not available for individual residents at this time.
As of 4:00 PM today, 1,356 utility customers remain without power in Dorchester County.
24 roads remain closed in Dorchester County.
All Dorchester District Four Schools will remain closed until Monday, October 17, 2016. Thursday, October 13, 2016 and Friday, October 14, 2016 will be Staff Development Days (start time is 9:00 AM).
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