South Carolina begins transition to recovery operations

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Columbia, S.C.– As the need for immediate, life-safety and disaster response resources begins to subside in many areas, agencies are beginning the transition to recovery operations. The Forecasters expect flooding to remain in several Pee Dee areas such as Bucksport and Socastee. Residents in counties affected by Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding should continue to avoid flooded areas.

The state Emergency Operations Center will remain partially activated at Operation Condition Three to support county emergency managers as requested. This transition to OPCON 3 from the state’s highest operational condition (OPCON 1) will enable the S.C. Emergency Management Division, FEMA and State Emergency Response Team agencies to adjust resources and focus on recovery efforts.

As of today, Monday, October 1:

·         Six county emergency operations centers are operational. Forty counties are in normal operations.

·         Horry County Emergency Management is continuing 24-hour operations.

·         SCEMD Logistics teams have completed more than 1,500 resource requests.

·         The Public Information Phone System operators have taken nearly 14,000 calls.

·         SCDOT reports 118 road closures, including 16 major highways.

·         Flood barrier removal on US 501 is underway.

·         Flood barrier removal on US 17 and US 521 will begin later in the week.

·         SC 9 in Longs is partially open.

·         Local food banks have provided 806,691 meals.

·         The S.C. Department of Social Service reports four emergency shelters are open with 51 people.

·         The Office of Regulatory Staff reports 452 total power outages statewide, with 267 of those outages are in Marion County.

·         348 state law enforcement officers are deployed assisting local agencies.

·         420 National Guard personnel are on duty.

SCEMD currently estimates as a result of Hurricane Florence, 829 homes have minor damage, 704 homes have major damage and 55 homes have been destroyed. These preliminary estimates will change as damage assessments continue and flooded areas are once again accessible.