Tri-county officials provide storm preparation updates

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Emergency Operations Centers in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties all moved to OPCON 3 Sunday morning. 

Sunday afternoon, officials from all three counties could be found at the Emergency Operations Center in North Charleston, providing updates to what each county is doing to prepare for Florence’s potential impact. 

In an emergency session Sunday, Charleston County Council passed an ordinance implementing emergency practices in case Council cannot meet again to make decisions together. 

“What that does basically is allow our staff to operate in conjunction with the governor’s mandates, requests, etc…so that we can function,” said Vic Rawls, Charleston County Council Chairman. 

For Dorchester County, officials gave the reminder of possible inland flooding. 

“Know your flood zones. We want to make sure you you actually look at your flood zones around the Ashley River, Eagle Creek, Edisto, those places. If you’re in those zones and you do need to be able to evacuate please do so,” said Jay Byers, Dorchester County Council Chairman.

In Berkeley County, sandbagging operations will begin Monday morning and a citizen call line will open soon. 

“Right now, we’re just working on our preparedness, making sure we’re staying ahead of this storm as best as we can,” said Ben Almquist, Berkeley Co. Emergency Preparedness Director. 

Mayor John Tecklenburg said it’s business as usual in the City of Charleston Monday, but they’ll open more sandbag locations.  

North Charleston’s Mayor Keith Summey left us with this reminder. 

“This is not our first rodeo, we’ve rode this horse before. What we do is we learn from each experience. So each experience after, we’re better prepared,” Summey said. 

Citizen Call Center Numbers:

Charleston County- 843-746-3900

Dorchester County- 843-832-0393

Berkeley County- TBA

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