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Shelter opened in Andrews as Georgetown County prepares for flooding threat

Flooding in Andrews (Courtesy of Stacy Pope)

Georgetown County opened an emergency shelter in Andrews Monday after heavy rain overnight and into the morning, according to a news release.

The shelter opened at 10:30 a.m. at Rosemary Middle School at 12804 County Line Road in Andrews. County officials closed the shelter at 5 p.m., because it says no one had come by seeking shelter throughout the day.

With the opening of the shelter, Georgetown County government moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 4 at 10:30 a.m., but returned to OPCON 5 at 5 p.m.

Jackie Broach, spokesperson for the county, said OPCON 4 indicates an “alert” status in preparation for a possible threat.

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The county’s Emergency Management Division, in conjunction with S.C. Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, is monitoring the situation closely. The Georgetown County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has not been activated, but Georgetown County will continue to monitor the storm, review operational plans, and keep the public updated.

Broach said the Andrews area received 7.5 inches of rain overnight and this morning, according to the National Weather Service. The area is expected to receive another three inches of rainfall before the weather system passes. Heavy rain is also predicted for eastern parts of Georgetown County later today, including the Waccamaw Neck.

For those moving to a shelter, residents should remember to take any items they may need, including bedding, food, medication and special items for any children they bring with them. Pets are not accepted at the shelter, Broach said.

Residents are reminded not to drive through flooded roadways or move traffic barricades.

As little as 12 inches of fast moving water can carry a small car away. Additionally, it is difficult to tell how deep water is on flooded roadways and whether the road has been washed out underneath. It is never save to drive or walk into flood waters, especially if the water is moving.

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