BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Officials in Berkeley County are monitoring Hurricane Florence closely and see flooding as the most pertinent issue that could impact the area.
Deputies will be out in force on county roads and on the portion of I-26 that runs through Berkeley County as well.
Sheriff Duane Lewis added that inmates from the Hill Finklea Detention Center are also filling sandbags in Hanahan and Moncks Corner. He also reminded the community that Berkeley County is part of the mandatory evacuation order from Governor Henry McMaster.
"If you decide to leave, we will have additional deputies patrolling the neighborhoods, communities and business districts all over the county." Lewis said. "What we feel we're going to see which is typical of Berkeley County after a storm is flooding. We may not have direct effects of this hurricane, but what's going to happen is our low-lying areas are going to be flooded."
Lewis added that people who live in the county generally know where the trouble spots are and should call the Sheriff's Office if they see flooding in their area.
Lewis has also ordered more boats from Clarendon County to be on standby if water rescues are necessary. He urged patience among residents who decide to stay and people shouldn't drive into flooding if they see it.
"My hope and my desire is to get you where you want to go safely, he said. "That's really the crux of what we're trying to prepare for. We're really hoping it doesn't come at all."