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      Timber assessments continue for forestry commission

      Williamsburg County tree damage. (Source: SCFC)

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- The South Carolina Forestry Commission continues to survey the damage across the state's forests left by the most recent winter storm.{}

      Officials said Monday afternoon that the forecasted weather for the next week will allow them to survey by air the damage.

      There are meetings planned Tuesday with members of the forestry community to discuss federal assistance for property owners, giving advice to people dealing with widespread damage, how to minimize impact, and to put together a timeline.{}

      Officials say spotters in Williamsburg County found signs that trees had been snapped along the trunk, which means the trees will not recover. many of those damaged in Williamsburg County were thinned in the last few years.

      According to the forestry commission, the 2004 storm generated $95.8 million in damage and it took weeks to collect the damage data. The wildfire in Horry County in 2009 consumed 19,000 acres and caused $17 million in damages.{}

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