Floodwaters Continuing to Rise in the Pee Dee

Highest water in the Pee Dee area

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the state the problem with flooding in the Pee Dee will potentially get worse for some people in the coming days.

Haley updated the state on the response to the disaster left behind by Hurricane Matthew. Here are the key information points from her remarks.

PEE DEE AT RISK:

As much as four feet of water is on the ground in Marion County, where some of the worst flooding is taking place. There have been 205 rescues in the state in the last day. 

Haley says the state is still working to rescue people, and is warning those living along the Little Pee Dee River  and the Waccamaw River to evacuate.

SC Department of Natural Resources officers are urging anyone in that area not to sightsee, saying that boats create wakes that are pushing floodwaters homes. 

HELPLINE: 

The governor is urging people statewide who have questions to call the following number: 

1-866-246-0133.

POWER OUTAGES:

8,500 lineman are on the road.

So far, power has been restored to 570,000 customers.. However, 290,000 outages still remain.

ROADS: 

I-95 is closed in North Carolina just across the SC/NC border.

1,500 SCDOT maintenance workers are on site, up 100 from Monday. 

Overall, 434 roads and bridges are closed statewide, including 92 primary roads. The bulk are in the Pee Dee area.

People can find information about roads by calling 1-855-GO-SCDOT

LAW ENFORCEMENT:

SLED is still conducting security efforts around the state, doing security patrols on the roads and beaches, SCDNR is helping with law enforcement as well.

SHELTERS:

17 shelters are open, down from a peak of 78 total.

Those who need shelter information can go to SCEMD.org

DEBRIS REMOVAL:

People can call 1-890-451-1954 for questions.

VOLUNTEERS:

Call 1-888-585-9643

ONE SC FUND DONATIONS:

Got to onescfund.org

 


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