Governor Nikki Haley Addresses Flooding, Roads And Safety

Photo of Governor Haley and other South Carolina emergency officials at a press conference concerning statewide flooding that was held Tuesday, October 6, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina.
Photo of Governor Haley and other South Carolina emergency officials at a press conference concerning statewide flooding that was held Tuesday, October 6, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Columbia, SC (WSPA) – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says God has smiled on the state in the form of sunshine, but she warns residents not to become complacent because several rivers have still not crested after the historic rains.

Gov. Haley said Tuesday that the state has officials on the ground in different areas watching and reporting about the water and rivers “minute by minute”.

Photo of Governor Haley and other South Carolina emergency officials at a press conference concerning statewide flooding that was held Tuesday, October 6, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina.
Photo of Governor Haley and other South Carolina emergency officials at a press conference concerning statewide flooding that was held Tuesday, October 6, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Twenty-eight assessment teams are on the ground to work their way down the state. They are beginning in the Upstate, where it’s safe, Haley says.

Over the next 48 hours, Haley says they’ll keep an eye on the following counties: Conway, Georgetown, Orangeburg, Williamsburg. She says there could be more evacuations along some coastal areas of the state over the next 48 hours.

The governor also says more than 800 people are currently staying in shelters. there are 26 shelters now open. These shelters will have more occupants as new evacuations are ordered, Haley says.

Evacuations over the next 48 hours will likely be in the following counties: Florence, Richland, Marlboro, and Horry.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been providing resources for state-individual assistance and public assistance (infrastructure, debris, etc.)

People of South Carolina are asked to help their neighbors and donate. You can check here to see how you can help.

Also, WJBF News Channel 6 and our Giving Your Best partners will be collecting bottled water for flooding victims on Thursday and Friday. You can also “Text to Give” to flooding victims.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report)

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