Shelter opens after more than 10K reported outages in Oconee Co.


OCONEE CO., S.C. (WSPA) – A shelter has opened after more than 10,000 power outages were reported in Oconee County on Monday, according to officials with Oconee County Emergency Services.

Crews in Oconee County are still working to clear roadways and assess damage after Irma’s impact.

According to emergency officials, about 1,300 calls were made between 2:00 p.m. and midnight.

These calls included reports of trees and power lines down from the wind, medical emergencies, and fires.

Crews with several fire departments across the county, along with the S.C. Department of Transportation and Oconee County Roads and Bridges, responded to these calls.

Officials say there is still a lot of work to be done and they will continue their efforts on Tuesday.

They say there are currently more than 10,000 homes and businesses without power in Oconee County.

A shelter has been opened at St. Mark Church on Quincy Road in Seneca for those who don’t feel comfortable staying in their homes after Irma’s effects.

If you have any damage to your home or business, you are asked to call 638-4200 or 638-4204.

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