Statewide Flooding Incident Update

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Significant rainfall has continued across South Carolina throughout the day and forecasters expect severe weather conditions for the next several days. The South Carolina Emergency Operations Center is fully activated at Operating Condition 1 by state agencies of the State Emergency Response Team for the duration of the incident.

As of 9:00 p.m. Saturday, October 3, 2015:
  • Dorchester County declared a state of emergency. A 6 p.m. curfew has been imposed in St. George, Ridgeville, Harleyville and Reedsville.
  • A state of emergency has been declared for Edisto Beach. The seawall at Edisto Beach has breached, resulting in heavy flooding.
  • S.C. Highway Patrol reports three weather-related traffic fatalities.
  • S.C. Highway Patrol has responded to 439 traffic collisions on the state’s roadways, assisted 170 motorists, 118 trees on roadways, and 104 reports of flooded roads.
  • Federal emergency declaration announced, which activates federal resources to support the state and local emergency response efforts.
  • Shelters have been opened in Anderson, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry and Spartanburg counties. Other shelters in Anderson, Colleton and Spartanburg counties are on stand-by if needed.
  • The North Charleston Sewer District has reported they are experiencing sanitary sewer overflows due to the wide spread flooding conditions. The overflows are expected to continue throughout the flood event this weekend.
  • The S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental Control warns of the dangers associated with rising floodwaters, including drowning, bacterial and viral infection.
  • The South Carolina National Guard and the state Department of Transportation continue working to fill and deliver sandbags to SCDOT districts for local public safety agencies’ use. Resource requests for bags being processed.
  • County emergency managers report multiple road closures and trees down throughout the state, particularly in coastal areas. Visit for real-time road conditions.
  • The S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff reports a total 2,992 power outages statewide. 

Public Information Phone System has been activated for inquiries from the public. The number to call is 1-866-246-0133.