4th Person in SC Dies from Hurricane Matthew

Gov. Nikki Haley confirmed a fourth death related to Hurricane Matthew and its after effects.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says a fourth person in the state has died as a result of Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath.

Haley announced the fatality Thursday during a briefing at the State House. She said the latest death happened in Dillon County, one of the areas that's seen the heaviest flooding.  Haley said the person died while moving a cable wire on Monday.

This adds to the two people who died in Florence County and one in Richland County. 

Here are the other main points from her briefing: 

ASSISTANCE NUMBERS: 

Crisis Cleanup: (for cleanup of mud and muck) - 1-800-451-1954

Food, clothing, and shelter - dial 211

People can Donate monetarily - One SC Fund at www.onescfund.org

Donate goods: www.volunteersc.org or call 888-585-9643

POWER OUTAGES:

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, the outages statewide were at 75,000, down from a peak of 861,000.

RIVERS: 

The chief concern for state officials remains the rivers. The Little Pee Dee River is still a problem, as is the Waccamaw. 

However, the South Little Pee Dee has crested near the town of Nichols, and is starting to recede.  The Waccamaw, however, continues to rise, and may not reach its peak until the weekend.

The Edisto and Black Rivers are both still being monitored in ordered to protect people's property from being looted.

DISASTER DECLARATION:

A federal disaster declaration has already been made for 13 counties, but the state is assessing a total of 25 for help.

TRAFFIC/ROADS

At present, 263 roads & bridges are closed, down from a peak of 481.

The bulk of the closures are in the secondary roads, particularly in the Pee Dee

All Beaufort islands now open to traffic, and all coastal bridges are open.

SHELTERS

11 Shelters are still open

372 people remain in those facilities, down from 6,733 at the height of the problem.

DAMS:

There have been 21 dam breaches; 16 of those were regulated, while 5 were unregulated.

 

 

 


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