Volunteers Helping Neighbors in Aiken County Recover From Flooding

Photo of a Salley, South Carolina resident and his tractor as he tries to help repair damaged roadways in the town.

Salley, SC – Many areas of Aiken County are still under water even though the rain is gone.

Several roads are still closed because of damage or because they are not safe to drive, and our crews have been out and about to check the conditions first-hand.

One of the hardest hit areas is Salley, South Carolina. Roads there have been washed away and bridges have collapsed. The small town sits right inside the border of Aiken county neighboring Orangeburg County.

Photo of a Salley, South Carolina resident and his tractor as he tries to help repair damaged roadways in the town.
Photo of a Salley, South Carolina resident and his tractor as he tries to help repair damaged roadways in the town.

One road she visited…if you continue down the road, it eventually vanishes under water.

This is just one of many roads wrecked by this weekend’s rainfall, leaving some people without a way in or out.

Aiken county is not one of the chosen counties to receive help from FEMA, so these people will not see any federal funding. But, the big hearts in the small community are reaching out to help those in need.

The Hollow Creek Fire Department has been working tirelessly to remove some of this rubble, but they’re not the only ones helping out. But, Chief Glenn Poole says they’re not going to sit around until someone else decides to repair their roads. He and several others are getting a head start and taking care of their community and the people in it. And, everything they use comes out of the volunteers’ pockets.

Tuesday afternoon, South Carolina Department of Transportation crews were in the area putting out barriers.

Chief Poole says the roadway could take more than 3 months to repair. He wants to stress that these barriers are there for a reason and he does not want people driving around them because you could end up seriously hurt.

Click here to see the latest statewide road closures from the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Click here to see the Aiken County road closures from the Aiken County Emergency Management Division.

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