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Deputies go door to door for evacuations along Lynches River in Florence County

Florence County Emergency Management has ordered mandatory evacuations (MGN graphic)

Florence County Emergency Management has ordered mandatory evacuations for people living in areas along Lynches River. Friday, Florence County Sheriff’s deputies went going door to door alerting people.

The river is already starting to flood into street and yards on North Jones Road at Starburst Road. An entire field is covered in water. Some residents appear to be heeding evacuation orders, but some aren’t. They said they’ve been through Major flooding events during the historic flood of 2015 and hurricane Matthew into thousand 16 and are prepared. They tell us they think county emergency managers are being overly cautious with mandatory evacuations.

The areas under the mandatory evacuation are as follows:

From Highway 301 Bridge downstream to the Highway 52 Bridge to include:

  • Kelley Road from N. Bethel Road to Old Creek Road
  • W Old # 4 Hwy from Salem Road to Hwy 52
  • McAllister Mill Road from W Old # 4 Hwy to Wylie Road
  • Oak Grove Road from E Deer Road to Meadow Prong
  • Meadow Prong from Olanta Hwy to Oak Grove Road

April Lane, Snookim Lane, Ackerman Drive, Starburst Road, York Lane, Rainbow Road, Johnnie Lee Road, Mary’s Shortcut Road, Wheeler Road, Ben Gause Road, County Park Road, Bagpipe Lane, Mary Shortcut Road, Johnnie Lee Road, Custer Road, Bonanza Road, Spine Road, Old Creek Road, Quail Lane Delta Road, Butterbean Road, Gingerbread Lane, Syrup Mill Road, Hawkins Lane, Green Forrest Road, Mary Road, Pole Cat Road, Bluefield Road, Fork Road, Hill Road, Wylie Road, Strickland Farm Road, Floyd Lane, Revell Lane, Yellow Bluff Road, Wedge Lane, Tower Cir, Wendy Road, Stumps Lane, Serenity Road, Farmtree Road, Farm Road, Roundtree Road, W Deer Road, E Deer Road, Hall Road, Kirby Road, Gaymon Road, W Tedder Road, Saps Circle, River Bank Road, Troy Brown Road, Mossy Grove Lane.

Emergency managers said if you are evacuating, you should pack the following essential items in case the evacuation period is lengthy:

required medications, adequate clothing and essential personal items.

If you are going to a local emergency shelter, bring their own comfort items like pillows and blankets along with special food items for small children or if you are on a restricted diet. If you are headed to a shelter, it is important that you bring some key items for yourself.

The American Red Cross encourages people to bring the following items for each member of their family:

  • Prescription and emergency medication
  • Extra clothing
  • Cot or sleeping pad
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Important documents
  • Any other comfort items

You should not leave pets behind. Plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. Residents with pets can go to an emergency shelter. Workers at the shelter will make arrangements for you and your pets. Residents evacuating are asked to leave with some proof of residency for reentry purposes once the order to evacuate is rescinded.

We have opened four shelters as of 7 a.m. this morning, Friday, September 21, 2018 at the following locations:

  • Johnsonville First Baptist Church at 145 North Georgetown Hwy in Johnsonville
  • Coward Community Center at 109 East Friendfield Road in Coward
  • STARS Gym at 1409 South Church Street in Florence
  • Mt. Clair Missionary Baptist Church at 1009 East Main Street in Lake City
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