Half Of Sumter County In The Dark After Matthew

Sumter is back under a citywide curfew Monday night. This comes as almost half of all homes in Sumter are still without power.

Sumter, SC (WLTX)- Over 18,000 homes are in the dark right now in Sumter after Hurricane Matthew knocked over some trees.

There were trees on power-lines, homes and sidewalks. Mayor Joe McElveen asked residents to be patient as they worked to get things back to normal. 

Four of the major intersections without power were turned back on by back-up generators provided by Sumter Police. Jeffrey Jackson with the Police Department warned people to treat intersections without power as a four way stop. He was seeing people speed through the intersection, he was worried there might cause some accidents.

Sumter County has issued a county wide curfew from 11p.m.-5a.m. School District will not have classes on Tuesday and hope to be back open on Wednesday. County offices will resume operations tomorrow.

Nalvia Saints is a resident of Sumter who had just moved back in from the October floods two months ago. She and some family members were sitting in the patio talking about how lucky they were that their home wasn't flooded anymore when they heard a loud bang. It was a tree that fell on their home.

She says she'll be living there until it gets fixed because she doesn't want to live from place to place again like she did for the floods. 


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