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Here's how to prepare for the severe winter weather headed to Richland County

The county is anticipating severe weather that could make its way into the area on Sunday, Jan. 16.

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. — Richland County authorities announced on Thursday that they are preparing for the severe weather that is set to potentially hit the county on Sunday, Jan. 16. 

There is a likelihood that the area could experience snow, ice, and freezing rain. 

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According to a Richland County news release, the county's Public Works Department announced plans on Thursday to pretreat roads that it considers critical. The process was set to begin on Thursday, Jan. 13, and will continue on Jan. 14, in ongoing efforts to help with melting. 

Here are a few of the roads included in the preparation:

  • Northeast Richland: Summit Parkway, Longreen Parkway, Carlton Drive
  • Lower Richland: Chain Gang Road, Goodwin Way, Hickory Ridge Drive
  • Irmo/Ballentine: Kennerly Road, Shady Grove Road

Governor Henry McMaster has encouraged residents to monitor the weather conditions and be proactive in prepping for what may await. 

Other areas deemed critical are parking lots and driveways for the Richland County fire stations, Sheriff's Department, and the County Administration Building. 

How to stay safe and prepared according to The South Carolina Emergency Management Division:

The SCEMD shared tips on how to prepare yourself in the event of severe weather. 

  • If travel is unnecessary, it's best to stay off the roads. If you must travel, ensure your vehicle is in good condition. Check your fluids, battery, and tires. Ensure your phone and mobile devices are charged and you have extra blankets and snacks in case of delays. Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies only.
  • If you lose power, learn how to report the outage to your utility company and have alternate and safe means of staying warm.
  • Monitor local media for information about warming shelters operated by local organizations.
  • Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes in homes without heat or proper insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measures to insulate them from the cold.
  • Have alternative heating sources ready. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them.
  • Properly vent kerosene heaters to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors.
  • Never operate a portable generator indoors.
  • Check on residents who might need extra help during winter weather.

Residents are also reminded that if a winter storm occurs, Public Works staff will be on call to help with storm-related maintenance, de-icing and will assist the South Carolina Department of Transportation as needed.

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