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Flood-prone Georgetown County residents encouraged to evacuate

GEORGETOWN, SC (WBTW) - Georgetown County government moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 1 Monday morning ahead of anticipated flooding from Hurricane Florence.

Georgetown County Emergency Management Division staff continues to monitor and prepare for river flooding resulting from rains brought by Hurricane Florence, states Public Information Officer Jackie Broach-Akers.

The county’s Emergency Operations Center is fully staffed and has moved to 24-hour operation.

Residents who live in flood zones along the Intracoastal Waterway, Waccamaw River, and Pee Dee River, or who live in areas that may not be in a flood zone but may become isolated due to deteriorating road conditions, are strongly urged to consider evacuation for their own safety and the safety of first responders.

Shelters opened at 7 a.m. for both people and pets at:

  • Georgetown High School, 2500 Anthuan Maybank Dr., Georgetown
  • Waccamaw Middle School, 247 Wildcat Way, Pawleys Island

Pets must be crated for admittance, and attended at all times by the person bringing them in. Additionally, residents should have all necessary pet supplies (food, cat litter, medication, etc.) that they will need while staying in the shelter.

The Georgetown County Emergency Management’s 24-hour disaster call center has been activated to help residents get answers to their storm-related questions. The center number is 843-545-3273.

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