Lee County Moving Forward After Snow, Ice Storm

Bishopville, SC (WLTX) - Lee County officials say they weren't really affected too much by the snow and ice storm that moved through South Carolina this week.

The storm dumped several inches of snow, knocked out power to thousands of people, including in neighboring Sumter County. Officials said they were just grateful they were spared.

"This event took three (or) four days to get all the way through," said Mike Bedenbaugh, Chief of Lee County's Fire and Rescue, as well as the county's Emergency Management. "It's almost like we had one ice day with it. We had a lot of freezing rain.

Bendenbaugh said the impact from this week's storm had about the same affect as other heavy rain or wind storms.

Both the county's main and secondary roads had been cleared of snow by Friday, Bedenbaugh said.

But despite what may or may not have been on the ground throughout the week, 18-year-old Trey Johnson and his mother decided he was staying off the roads and would be missing class.

"I watched a lot of TV," Johnson said. "I'm glad the power didn't go out because I don't know what I would have done then."

Johnson said he had fiends in Florence that did have their power go out. In Lee, power had been mostly restored to the small amount of residents without power.

Across Lee County, schools closed and county offices shut down.

Bedenbaugh said just two trees had fallen across roads and needed to be removed during the storm.

Power crews said they are expecting to have the power turned back on to everyone in the next couple days.


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