Aiken County Emergency Management Continues To Monitor Record Setting Rain

Aiken County, South Carolina – The state of South Carolina continues to monitor the record setting rainfall. On Saturday,  Emergency Management Coordinators had a state-wide conference call to discuss problem areas and county preparedness.

Emergency Management and the South Carolina Department of Transportation have been working together to check all major highways and flood prone areas near waterways throughout Aiken County and say they will continue to do so through the weekend.

“Currently we have no road closures in the county. We have less than 20 power outages in the county at the moment,” said Aiken County Emergency Management Coordinator Paul Matthews.

Small ponds of water near highways can be found across Aiken County. But Matthews says they haven’t really had any major issues.

“Even though it may not seem to be raining or may have let up. We still have to keep our guard up for that, because we do have the potential for some more flooding,” Matthews told News Channel 6.

Matthews says The National Weather Service is predicting wind gust of up to 30 MPH on Sunday night. The Northeastern corner of the county near Wagner had the most amount rainfall.

“So with the ground as saturated as it is we may have trees and power lines down.” Matthews said.

Despite the rain across the state some people decided to brave the storm and leave their homes.

“There was a hole in the weather to go out for a walk and it seems to be closing up pretty quick.” Said Aiken County resident Laura Witham.

“I think it’s good for the area because it’s been pretty muggy and dry.” Robert Moore, an Aiken County resident, told News Channel 6.

But Matthews is still warning everyone to stay off the waterways and to avoid driving until the storm passes.

“Standing water on the road, if there is flowing water on the road. Do not attempt to cross the water because you don’t know how deep it may be. It doesn’t take a lot of water to wash the vehicle off the road.” Matthews said.

A Flash Flood Watch will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on Monday. If you are having an emergency please call 911 and to report anything and for more information please call 211.

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