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: