Berkeley County Leaders Warning Residents in Huger About Potential Flooding
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WTAT-TV) — Leaders in Berkeley County say they are urging residents near French Quarter Creek in Huger, SC to temporarily relocate due to rising water levels, which they anticipate could be higher than levels seen during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.
According to a press release from Berkeley County PIO, Hannah Moldenhauer, emergency personnel will be knocking on doors throughout Sunday to deliver the message, as well as sending phone messages to residents.
The statement says Berkeley County first responders helped transport nearly 60 people to dry land when flood water inundated their homes and property during Matthew. Something they want to avoid if possible during Irma.
“Berkeley County leaders are now urging those near French Quarter Creek to be proactive as Hurricane Irma moves north and the storm’s impacts are felt throughout the Tri-county area. If people choose to stay, law-enforcement and rescue personnel may not be able to get them out during the height of the flooding.”
The National Weather Service says storm surge from Hurricane Irma is expected to impact low-lying and coastal regions in South Carolina Sunday, September 10 through Tuesday, September 12. Tide levels will be steadily increasing throughout the weekend and expected to peak Monday afternoon.
Right now, there are no shelters opened in Berkeley County. There is now a pet-friendly shelter opened in North Charleston at 3765 Leeds Avenue.
For questions or concerns, please call the Berkeley County Citizen Information Hotline at 843-719-4800.
Berkeley County continues to operate at OPCON 2 Sunday afternoon.