Williamsburg County towns under water after Black River crests i - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Williamsburg County towns under water after Black River crests its banks

(Source: WMBF) (Source: WMBF)
Williamsburg County, SC -

Williamsburg County has declared a state of emergency, asking for funding from the federal government to help their residents recover after flood waters from the rain and rising Black River have taken their toll on towns and cities in the area.

Authorities say FEMA representatives could be in Williamsburg County as early as Wednesday to give assistance to those who have lost everything.

Four shelters have been opened to give weary residents a place to sleep while their homes are under water.

No fatalities connected to weather-related events have been reported in Williamsburg County; however, officials say more than 50 home rescues have been performed and more than 20 swift water rescues from vehicles. 

Williamsburg County schools will be closed through the end of the week as authorities urge residents in the southern part of the county to evacuate before the rising Black River reaches their homes.

A 7 p.m. curfew to 7 a.m. will stay in effect the next couple of days as well. The curfew for the Town of Lane is 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Authorities are asking residents to not travel the roadways unless it is absolutely necessary. Some areas in the county are essentially isolated by flood waters, forcing rescue crews to get creative with navigating roads to get to those who need assistance.

Authorities say they are already seeing tremendous damage, estimating $18 million just in structural damage. They have not had a chance yet to evaluate roads, bridges, or other infrastructure.

If you have questions about shelters or other weather-related information you can call the numbers posted below. 

Emergency Operations Center:

843-354-0800
843-354-0804
843-354-0805
843-354-9330

Copyright 2015 WMBF. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • UPDATE: Cancellations and delays due to winter weather

    UPDATE: Cancellations and delays due to winter weather

    Thursday, January 18 2018 5:38 AM EST2018-01-18 10:38:22 GMT
    Closings, cancellations and delays due to the winter weather can be found here. (Source: WMBF News)Closings, cancellations and delays due to the winter weather can be found here. (Source: WMBF News)

    Here is a list of school cancellations, delays and early closures announced ahead of the winter weather expected to impact our area on Wednesday, January 17.

    More >>

    Here is a list of school cancellations, delays and early closures announced ahead of the winter weather expected to impact our area on Wednesday, January 17.

    More >>
  • Winter storm causes cancellations and delays at MYR

    Winter storm causes cancellations and delays at MYR

    Thursday, January 18 2018 5:02 AM EST2018-01-18 10:02:48 GMT
    Dozens of flights in and out of MYR were cancelled or delayed Wednesday. Source: Patrick Lloyd (WMBF)Dozens of flights in and out of MYR were cancelled or delayed Wednesday. Source: Patrick Lloyd (WMBF)

    Dozens of flights in and out of MYR were canceled and delayed Wednesday due to the winter storm. A lot of the problems stemmed from snow at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. It was a frustrating day for a lot of flyers.

    More >>

    Dozens of flights in and out of MYR were canceled and delayed Wednesday due to the winter storm. A lot of the problems stemmed from snow at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. It was a frustrating day for a lot of flyers.

    More >>
  • Pee Dee residents’ opinions mixed on winter weather

    Pee Dee residents’ opinions mixed on winter weather

    Thursday, January 18 2018 4:32 AM EST2018-01-18 09:32:21 GMT
    Salt brine (Source: WMBF News)Salt brine (Source: WMBF News)

    Communities in the Pee Dee kept busy Wednesday preparing for another possible winter storm. The South Carolina Department of Transportation started prepping roads for the snow Tuesday afternoon, finishing up Wednesday afternoon.

    More >>

    Communities in the Pee Dee kept busy Wednesday preparing for another possible winter storm. The South Carolina Department of Transportation started prepping roads for the snow Tuesday afternoon, finishing up Wednesday afternoon.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly