Several state agencies gear up for response to Hurricane Michael


The impact of Hurricane Michael could be felt in the Palmetto State as soon as Wednesday night, so Team South Carolina is continuing to get things in gear.

The state is still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, but right now several agencies are already preparing to respond to another weather disaster. 

For many agencies it’s like deja vu, reviewing hurricane plans just weeks after having to put them in action. 

The SC Department of Transportation will be responsible for keeping roads open. The deputy secretary of engineering Leland Colvin explained what the department is doing. 

“We’ve gotten all of our equipment ready to go. We anticipate starting 24 hour operations Wednesday.”

During Florence, DOT’s biggest challenge was rising water. It was the first time the department used an Aquadam, a latex structure used to keep flood waters off main roads.

But Hurricane Michael is predicted to be more of a wind event, bringing additional hazards for agencies like DOT. 

Colvin added, “We think it’s going to be a flash flood event and then a lot of downed trees because of the high winds. 

The department says it’s brought in more tree cutting equipment to get roads open as quickly as possible. 

The SC American Red Cross is another agency involved in the disaster conversation. The agency provided shelter for thousands of South Carolinians at the peak of the storm. 

Cuthbert Langley explained, “For the last month our disaster workers have been sheltering people impacted by Hurricane Florence. Last night we had about 30 people staying in shelters, so that’s still a focus for us. Last night we were handing out hot meals and cleaning supplies because recovery has just begun for so many people.”

DHEC started asking dam owners to lower water levels Tuesday morning. 

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