Tree falls into home in Williston

BARNWELL COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Tropical storm Hermine left some areas of Barnwell County severely damaged.

The eye of the storm passed over Barnwell County causing some roads to flood and downed trees damaging homes. The heavy rain and strong winds ripped trees from the ground. One one of those trees crashing on a home and sending one person to the hospital.

The torrential rains have severely impacted many areas and the accumulation of water has covered some busy roads in Barnwell.

Barnwell County Emergency Management Director Roger Riley says one of the first reports he got was high waters covering parts of Dunbarton Boulevard, that’s when South Caroline Department of Transportation crews set up signs to warn drivers of what was ahead.

Riley says he was anticipating anywhere between 4 to 7 inches of rain, but he felt some isolated areas might get more.

“I think in some spots we are maybe going to hit 8 or 10,” Riley told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

Riley says the consistent rain saturated the ground causing more than a dozen trees to cover some back roads, still nothing compared to a tree falling into a home in Williston, S.C.

“My understanding there was one person had to be taken out with the assistance of the fire department and EMS.” He said.

According to a family member there was a man sleeping in this bedroom when the tree fell on top of him. The man was taken to the trauma center by ambulance.

The E.M.A. Director says when he was notified crews told him the damages were bad enough that the family won’t be able to live here for now.

“They have requested Red Cross assistance,” Riley said. “I guess the house was damaged enough that they can’t stay there.”

Riley says for now his crews will focus on ensuring the main roads used by emergency vehicles remain clear of obstructions.

“Most of our roads that are flooding are flooding due to the drains just can’t keep up. It’s not that they are clogged or anything because they have been well cleaned out. It’s just that they can’t keep up with the amount of rain that’s falling. We are getting over an inch an hour in some spots, Riley told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

The family didn’t talk to WJBF NewsChannel 6 on camera, but off camera said they are hopeful the man will be okay.

The American Red Cross has reached out to assist this family.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 


WILLISTON, S.C. (WJBF) – One person has been hospitalized after a tree fell onto their home.

We’re told that the person was injured and taken to the trauma center at an area hospital.

The tree fell into the bedroom as the person was sleeping.

No word on the condition of the victim.

NewsChannel 6 will continue to update this story as new details become available.

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