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County officials: Evacuate now if you live in a flood-prone area

Revised on: 09.15.2018 at 05:11 p.m.

Posted on: 09.15.2018 at 05:03 p.m.

County residents who live in flood-prone areas should evacuate immediately due to rising waters, according to Columbus County Manger Mike Stephens and Emergency Management Director Kay Worley.

Stephens stopped short of issuing a mandatory evacuation around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, but said residents who were impacted by flooding during Hurricane Matthew two years ago should leave. He specifically mentioned reports of rising water near the Lumber River, Crusoe Island Road, Lake Waccamaw and Delco.

Evacuees can go to one of five shelters open in the county: Edgewood Elementary, Guideway Elementary, and East, South and West Columbus High Schools. People should bring bedding, clothes, personal hygiene products and medication, Worley said.

Worley said residents who evacuate should use extreme caution given the poor road conditions and no street lights and traffic signals due to lack of power. Only evacuees should be on the road, Stephens urged.

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