Georgetown County recommends evacuation of Dunbar, Oatland communities

Published: Oct. 8, 2015 at 6:18 PM EDT
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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Evacuations are being encouraged for the Oatland and Dunbar communities by the Georgetown County Emergency Management Division. At this time, evacuations are not being recommended for the City of Georgetown, the City of Andrews, or Pawleys Island.

Sam Hodge with the GCEMD says they are mostly concerned with the Black River, Pee Dee River, and Mingo Creek areas.

Hodge posted an important video message regarding evacuations to the GCEMD Facebook page. View it on Facebook here.

According to a Facebook post from the GCEMD:

We do not currently have any evacuations recommended for the Pawleys Island or City of Georgetown areas!

We are putting out an alert for areas along the Black River, Pee Dee River and Mingo Creek. Special instructions coming for residents of the Dunbar and Oatland communities. Details being released as quickly as possible. Still no mandatory evacuations in this county

The page also states that there are no plans to close the Waccamaw Bridges at this time.

Below are more details on the recommended evacuations of Oatland and Dunbar from the GCEMD Facebook page:

Due to flooding conditions and road closures, residents in the Dunbar and Oatland communities no longer have access to the highway system. Georgetown County Emergency Management is making transportation available for residents of these communities to travel across the flooded roadway to Browns Ferry Elementary School. While a mandatory evacuation order has not been issued, we do strongly encourage residents of the Oatland and Dunbar community to take this opportunity to evacuate. We will have vehicles routing through these communities to pick up residents and transport them. If you do not see one of these vehicles, please call our Disaster Call Center at (843) 545-3273. They will arrange to have you picked up at your address.
If you wish to make your own arrangements for sheltering, please have someone meet you at Browns Ferry Elementary School to transport you from there. If you wish to be taken to an emergency shelter, we will provide transportation. Pets can be transported from these communities but will not be allowed in emergency shelters.

Again, we strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to move to a safer location if you are in the Dunbar and Oatland communities.
If you have any questions, please call our Disaster Call Center at (843) 545-3273.

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