Georgetown County moves to OPCON 1 ahead of potential river flooding

Georgetown County encourages evacuations ahead of potential flood

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Georgetown County has moved to OPCON 1 on Monday as the county’s emergency management division continues to prepare for river flooding from rains brought by Hurricane Florence.

According to a press release, Georgetown County moved to OPCON 1 at 8 a.m. Monday. It is the highest state of emergency operations and indicates that a disaster or emergency situation is in effect.

The county’s emergency operations center is fully staffed and has moved to 24-hour operation, the release stated.

Residents who live in flood zones along the Intracoastal Waterway, Waccamaw River, and Pee Dee River, or who live in areas that may not be in a flood zone but may become isolated due to deteriorating road conditions, are strongly urged to consider evacuation for their own safety and the safety of first responders.

Shelters opened at 7 a.m. for both people and pets at Georgetown High School (2500 Anthuan Maybank Dr., Georgetown) and Waccamaw Middle School (247 Wildcat Way, Pawleys Island). Pets must be crated for admittance, and attended at all times by the person bringing them in, the release stated.

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