Georgetown County officials stress evacuating in news conference

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GEORGETOWN, SC. (WCBD) – Georgetown county and city officials held a news conference Wednesday and stressed the importance of residents evacuating as hurricane Florence approaches. 

County officials, city officials including the mayor’s of Andrews, Pawley’s Island, and Pleasant Hill, Sheriff A. Lane Cribb, the emergency management team, the superintendent of schools and other officials says the county is expecting storm surge, strong winds, and flooding that will last a while. 

Director of Georgetown Emergency Management, Sam Hodges, says the county hasn’t seen a lot of movement since the evacuation order that was implemented Tuesday as noon.

“This makes us nervous because that means they aren’t taking the storm seriously,” Hodges said. 

Officials all had the same message of making sure people evacuate because they say hurricane Florence is not the storm to play with. Officials say if people opt to not evacuate and winds pick up, first responders may not be able to respond in the event of an emergency because they will also be off the roads. 

There are two shelters open as of noon Tuesday at Andrews Elementary and Pleasant Hill Elementary. There are seven bus pick-up locations for those that need a ride to the shelters. For more information, click here.  

Currently, there aren’t any curfews set for the county, but officials say that does not mean the county is in the clear. 

Sheriff Cribb says there is a very strong law enforcement presence throughout the county. 

“Those who or try to steal property you will be dealt with harshly,” Cribb said. 

The county is preparing for flooding. The County Administrator says they are taking several steps for flood preparation. 

“We are monitoring the river gauges that we have on each of our rivers to determine the current levels are,” Self Hemingway said. “We are in constant communication with Santee Cooper to determine what their plans for the release of water upstream into the Santee River.”

As far as schooling, the superintendent says that all schools are secure and they do now have a definite start date for when school will be back in session. 

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