Twenty children rescued from flooded Lowcountry daycare following heavy rain

School officials said that the water level initially forced employees and children to move from one building to other rooms which were not flooded. (Source: OCSO)
School officials said that the water level initially forced employees and children to move from one building to other rooms which were not flooded. (Source: OCSO)

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Twenty children have been rescued after a Lowcountry daycare flooded following heavy rain on Friday.

According to Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office officials, an emergency call came just after 11 a.m. at the Kids in Motion center on Russell Street.

"During Friday's heavy rain we had roughly 20 daycare children rescued from their facility," said Sheriff Leroy Ravenell. "Water had quickly risen to the point it entered several levels of the buildings, forcing administrators and children to higher portions of their school – and to call for help."

The sheriff's office says at least 10 deputies rushed to the daycare as well as officers from the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety and Orangeburg County Emergency Services.

School officials said that the water level initially forced employees and children to move from one building to other rooms which were not flooded.

However, that changed with the continuing deluge that struck Orangeburg at that time, a report states.

"The water in its deepest spots was waist deep," Ravenell said. "I'm just thankful for each of the men and women who responded to get our children to safety. It was a great effort by everyone."

No injuries were reported in the incident.

"I'm fairly certain none of the students even got wet," Ravenell said.

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