City of Florence releases new updates for #NextPhaseFlorence

Below is a news release from the City of Florence:

FLORENCE, SC – The City of Florence released the latest #NextPhaseFlorence update this morning with City Manager, Drew Griffin, discussing several updates, including an announcement on the Florence Trail System, Bid Openings, and the latest on debris clean-up around the city.

Parts of the Florence Trail System are now open. The paved portion of the Rail Trail and the natural path trail around the pond at Freedom Florence in now open. All other trails at this time are impassible due to downed trees.

Bids will be acepted for storm debris removal and monitoring through 3pm on Thursday, November 17th. After this time, bids will be reviewed and a contractor will be selected. Contractors interested in bidding should contact Lynwood Givens at 843-665-3162.

Amount of storm debris collected to date:  Zone 1:  136 loads (estimating 1Ž4 completed); Zone 6:  138 loads (estimating 1/3 completed)  Total Loads:  274 (estimated 2,288 cubic yards of debris)

There are currently 15 documented leaning trees. Please keep an eye out for these leaning trees on right-of-ways or private property, as they may be harmful to people or property.  Codes Enforcement and the City Arborist will be doing another citywide evaluation over the next few days to get a more accurate number.

Residents with concerns or questions should email the City at

Residents can apply for assistance by registering online with FEMA at or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  Those who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY), and those who use Video Relay Service can call 1-800-621-3362.  Toll free numbers are operating from 7am - 10pm seven days per week until further notice.

"I would like to remind everybody to be safe, certainly the dry conditions are a concern of ours. We are asking people to be safe when they drive, as the daylight savings time has changed and it is much darker earlier. If your out running or walking, please be cautious of vehicles and careful of the debris in the right-of-way that can make for hazardous conditions." stated Drew Griffin, Florence City Manager.

To stay up to date with all of the latest information regarding #NextPhaseFlorence, please visit the page on our website dedicated to the clean up efforts. You can also follow the City of Florence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Specific questions regarding debris clean up can be emailed to