Pelican Lane in Florence still closed after Hurricane Matthew

Pelican Lane in Florence still closed after Hurricane Matthew. (Photo: Tonya Brown)

Parts of Pelican Lane in Florence are still closed after being damaged last October during Hurricane Matthew.

The road is washed out along the side.

Some residents fear a child or neighbors pet could fall off the edge of the washed out road and get seriously hurt.

They said they've called state transportation officials several times, but aren't getting any answers.

The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) said they stand ready to fix the road, but a dam crosses it and it has to be repaired first.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) said the dam is the Oakdale Pond Dam, but it's not regulated by DHEC.

South Carolina's Dams and Reservoir Safety Act requires that dams meet certain size criteria for these structures to be regulated by the state. Oakdale Pond Dam does not meet the minimum size requirements to be regulated by DHEC under this state law.

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Officials weren't able to tell us who owns the dam.

We've made calls to find out so that we can get a timeline as to when the dam will be fixed, so road repairs can start to eventually reopen Pelican Lane in Florence.

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