Post-storm repairs begin in Florence County

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - People are taking advantage of the emergency shelters open in Florence County after being impacted by the storm.

"In addition, the roads they're impassable, there are a tremendous amounts of debris," said Captain Michael Nunn, spokesman for the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

Florence County officials said there are still reports of car crashes and downed power lines, as energy crews work to restore power.

"Just the ice and the snow is not helping its slowing things down a little bit," Charles Ellison said.

Multiple times today our cameras caught fallen tree limbs bringing Cherokee Road to a halt.

County Leaders say road closures, power outages and downed power lines are more than likely to continue as restoration efforts continue.

"The problem is slowly going away. There may be additional power outages this evening, some in some place where power has already been restored," said Nunn.

A spokesperson with Duke Energy said since Florence and the counties surrounding it are the hardest hit areas, more crews are being sent to the region.

As those crews work to bring power in, both Duke officials and county leaders say if you are going to drive, please be careful.

"The stop light issue is a real problem. And people need to consider strongly whether they're going to get out on the roads at all," said Nunn.

Florence County Emergency Management is asking that anyone with property damage report it by calling 843-665-7255.

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