Aiken County, SC – It’s pretty scary for people in some parts of Aiken County because there are a lot of bridges and dirt roads. On Hollow Creek Road, not far from the Orangeburg County line, there is a bridge closed after a tree fell on it.
News Channel 6 spent the day driving around Aiken County looking for some of the bad spots. We spoke with New Holland Fire Chief Dennis Jackson, who shared that one of his fire stations was flooded during the height of the storm.
“I’ve been around here all my life and this is the first time I’ve seen this much water. It’s pretty deep,” he said.
Jackson said firefighters have been working out of station #2, but this means they are taking longer times to check the area.
Mae Rushton lives in Salley.
“It’s just awful to see this happen to our place. This is where we grew up,” she said.
Rushton told us the entire state’s tragic events have been scary with loss of life.
Road closed barricades are all over Aiken County putting a few extra miles onto travel. Others came to a screeching halt. Waters completely washed out the dirt road at Hollow Creek and Nantuckett Roads in Salley.
Emergency officials reported other closures in Wagener, New Holland and Monetta.
“Checking on pond dams making sure that we don’t have anything that’s compromised or running over,” Fire Chief Jackson said.
Jamie Poole owns property that includes part of Hollow Creek. Little did he know Mother Nature would send the water through his pasture, washing away his hog pen, displacing the animals and ultimately impacting his farm business.
“Tried to save the house and we did save it,” Poole said adding that other livestock has been moved to another location.
Across the Creek Farm was also saved along with Poole’s home after nearly every farmer in town brought a tractor full of dirt to Poole’s business. He said they worked around the clock trying to tame the raging creek that busted through his property.
“$250,000 worth of equipment sitting out here. Farmers just coming together and help each other. Thank the good Lord it saved our house,” Poole told us.
Now that Hollow Creek has cut a new path into the land, the family tells us they have to wait on it to dry up then fill it. The rest of the land needs work too.
“Want to make sure all the ponds are low enough that nothing can blow out and run down on us and we will just start rebuilding a little bit by little bit,” he added.
Neighbors said the Department of Transportation is going to leave the tree on the bridge on New Holland Road to keep people from driving across it. They say it’s washed out. It will be replaced later.
Hollow Creek Fire Chief Glenn Poole told News Channel 6 people need to stop crossing road closed barricades. Their life depends on it.