GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - Georgetown County officials say the worst flooding may already be behind them.
Officials posted on Twitter shortly after 7:11 a.m. what it called “good news for the morning," saying areas that have not already flooded should not as rivers in the area are already in the process of cresting.
The county’s emergency management division moved to OPCON 3 at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, shifting from response to recovery.
OPCON 3 means a partial activation of the County’s Emergency Operations Center, a downshift from 24-hour activation at the center.
Shortly before 8 a.m., Front Street in Georgetown’s business district was completely dry. Front Street was an area where businesses had placed sandbags and tarps outside their doors to prepare for flooding levels that were first estimated to reach between 10 and 15 feet.
Subsequent flood projections lowered those levels. The latest, released Saturday morning, expected two feet or less.
Businesses on Saturday were already removing tarps and sandbags.
County spokesperson Jackie Broach said she was cautiously optimistic that the impact wouldn't be so serious for the area.
But one worry she does have is about displaced wildlife like alligators and snakes, which have been reported in areas where they are normally not seen.
Two shelters in the county, at Georgetown High School and Waccamaw Middle School, will close at noon on Saturday and Georgetown County School District officials said they are hoping to reopen schools in time to have students return to the classroom on Monday. A final decision on that schedule is expected on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the county is asking people who have sandbags to not dump them on the beach. The bags contain dirt, not sand.