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Thank You from Sheriff R.A. Strickland

To:   Colleton County                                                                  

Date: September 12, 2017

From: Sheriff R. A. Strickland

Ref: Hurricane Irma/Tropical Storm Irma

          On September 11, 2017 Tropical Storm Irma/Hurricane Irma passed to the left of our county producing storm surge, heavy rains and high winds. This caused county wide flooding, downed trees and downed powerlines. The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office has worked around the clock to insure that the roadways were cleared of debris for emergency personnel and our citizens. I would also like to thank the citizens that stopped and assisted the deputies with the removal of the trees from the roadways during the storm.

As of September 12, 2017 Colleton County Sheriff’s Dispatch and the Colleton County Emergency Operations Center has advised that they have no reports of impassable roads. If you experience a County maintained road that is impassable, you can contact the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office at (843) 549-7144, for state maintained roads you can contact South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) at (843) 538-8031. For power outages please call your Power Company or coop.

As of this morning Coastal Electric Co-op has 400 of their customers experiencing power outages and SCE&G has 4,413 without power. Both are working diligently and around the clock to get all their customers power back on and running.

Edisto Beach Police Dept. still has a curfew in place for Edisto Island. Edisto Beach authorities along with Colleton County and the South Carolina Army National Guard personnel are conducting inspections of the island for livability and stability today to insure that it is safe for individuals to return.

I would like to thank the Red Cross and Colleton County DSS for everything that they did for the citizens while manning the shelter. They attended to the needs of 111 citizens who were roomed at the shelter during the storm.

I would especially like to thank the County Administrator Kevin Griffin, along with the Colleton County Council for making sure that I/we had the resources to insure that everyone was taken care of while we conducted our tasks before, during, and even after the storm. I would like to thank Dogwood Hills Golf Course management for the use of their restaurant facilities to feed our employees during the storm.

On a final note, I would like to thank the additional County, City, and State workers who worked tirelessly for the last couple days during and after the storm for their hard work. Together, we insured that Colleton County was informed and prepared.

Thank you,

Sheriff R. A. Strickland

Colleton County