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The body of a man who drowned Sunday night was found Monday morning by members of Lugoff Fire/Rescue.  The was found about mid morning.  No name has been released as yet.  Lugoff firefighters Sunday night rescued the woman  who was with the man on top of a submerged vehicle near Pine Grove Road and 25 mile creek.

You can hear Panther Talk tonight with Coach Ron Rivera from 6pm to 7pm on KOOL 102.7 FM.

At 7pm this evening on KOOL 102.7 it’s Sports Talk with Phil Kornblut.

All high school sports activities for today have been canceled.

Kershaw County and the rest of the midlands experiencing heavy rains over the weekend.  The worst downpour taking Saturday night and for part of Sunday.  Kershaw county getting almost 16  inches of rain as a result of the weather system that also drenched much of the rest of the Palmetto State.  Parts of downtown Camden experiencing flooding and parts of Hermitage Pond trailer park had to be evacuated due to flooding.  Sunday afternoon authorities also had to evacuate the Three Branches area of Lugoff because of flooding.  Homes in Elgin also had to be evacuated.   Midday Sunday Camden High School was opened as an emergency shelter.   The Lugoff and Elgin areas were among the areas hardest hit. Also hit hard the black river area near in camden.  A number of roads in Kershaw county had to be closed due to flooding and downed trees.  Among the major highways closed were Highway 1 in the West Wateree, Highway 521 and parts of 601.  The bridge at Porter Crossroads was also washed out. Lugoff fire chief Dennis Ray says his department handled four vehicle rescues and 30 house evacuations. Camden city manager Mel Pearson says that Camden experienced some power outages Friday night and Saturday but power has been restored to most customers.  At one point just under 400 kershaw county customers of Duke Energy were without power but most customers were restored by late Sunday. Kershaw County Emergency Director Gene Faulkenberry says that the Kershaw County Public Works Department has been working with the South Carolina Department of Transportation to begin damage assessments.

A 7pm to 7am curfew has been declared in Kershaw County.  Chief Deputy Marvin Brown with the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office says this means only emergency and essential personnel should be on the road during the hours of the curfew.

Due to ​inclement weather ​and​ flooding in our area, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools and offices will ​be closed for students and staff on ​​​​Monday, ​October 5. ​Adult education classes will also be canceled.

​    ​KCSD appreciates the cooperation of its families with this schedule change as decisions are made in the best interest of the safety of our students and staff.

The school district is working with local emergency preparedness officials and has opened a shelter at Camden High School.

No school Monday, October 5 in the Kershaw County School District.  Dr. Frank Morgan, Kershaw County school superintendent says because of concerns regarding road conditions as a result of heavy rains the decision was reached to cancel school Monday. Morgan says there are also concerns regarding the amount of water damage that some district buildings may have suffered.  Morgan says that administrators and principals will be inspecting buildings Monday to determine if there has been any water damage and if so how much.

DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS AND THE EXCEPTIONAL NUMBER OF ROAD CLOSINGS ALL KERSHAW HEALTH OFFSITE LOCATIONS WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY.

NO SCHOOL MONDAY (10/5/15) IN THE KERSHAW COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT.  PRINCIPALS AND ADMINISTRATORS WILL BE INSPECTING BUILDINGS TO DETERMINE THE DEGREE OF DAMAGE FROM HEAVY RAINS.  AGAIN, NO SCHOOL MONDAY IN THE KERSHAW COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT.

THE PUBLIC INPUT MEETINGS REGARDING SCHOOL FACILITIES THAT HAD BEEN SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY EVENING AT CAMDEN AND LUGOFF-ELGIN HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN CANCELED.

ALL KERSHAW COUNTY OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY.

ALL DAY AND EVENING CLASSES AT CENTRAL CAROLINA TECHNICAL COLLEGE FOR MONDAY HAVE BEEN CANCELED. THIS INCLUDES CLARENDON, KERSHAW, LEE AND SUMTER COUNTRY CLASSES.

LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED MONDAY.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED MONDAY.

CAMDEN FIRST BAPTIST KINDERGARTEN AND DAYCARE CLOSED MONDAY.

BETHEL WORSHIP CENTER CLOSED MONDAY.

MIDLANDS TECH CLOSED MONDAY.

U.S.C. IN COLUMBIA AND SUMTER CLOSED MONDAY.

ALL KERSHAW COUNTY RECYCLE CENTERS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THE COMMUNITY MEDICAL CLINIC OF KERSHAW COUNTY WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY.

HAIER AMERICA IN CAMDEN WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY.

HENGST IN CAMDEN WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY.

THOMAS SUMTER ACADEMY WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY.

CAMDEN ASSOCIATED PHYSICIANS WILL OPEN AT 9am MONDAY MORNING.

S.A.F.E.  FEDERAL  CREDIT UNION CLOSED.

CAROLINA PODIATRY CLINIC CLOSED.

THE CAMDEN OFFICE OF CAMDEN PEDIATRICS WILL BE OPEN FOR SICK VISITS. THE ELGIN OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED.

N.B.S.C. IS CLOSED TODAY.

THE REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING OF AMERICAN LEGION POST 17 THAT WAS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY EVENING HAS BEEN CANCELED.

ROAD CLOSURES:

BLACK RIVER ROAD NEAR CANTEY LANE IS BLOCKED  SOUTHBOUND

CANTEY LANE BARRICADED TO THE WEST.

RED HILL ROAD OFF BLACK RIVER ROAD FLOODED AND BLOCKED.

521 SOUTH OF I-20

HIGHWAY CHURCH ROAD.

WHITEPOND ROAD.

McRAE AND JOY ROADS ARE CLOSED.

HIGHWAY ONE IN FRONT OF THE BLANEY FIRE DEPARTMENT IS CLOSED.

COMMUNITY CENTER ROAD IS CLOSED DUE TO A FALLEN TREE IN THE ROAD.

HIGHWAY 34 AT 25 MILE CREEK IS CLOSED.

HIGHWAY 601 AT KENNEDY ROAD IS CLOSED.

THESE AREAS MAY BE A PROBLEM:

HIGHWAY ONE- A HALF MILE SOUTH OF LUGOFF-ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL- LOTS OF WATER ON ROAD.

521 AT SANDERS CREEK.

TIMBER RIDGE AND SESSIONS ROAD IN LUGOFF- LOTS OF WATER ON ROAD.

521 SOUTH AT HICKORY LANE.

PINE GROVE ROAD AT 25 MILE CREEK.

SEEGARS MILL AT CANTEY ROAD.

RED CREEK AT ROAD S-28-651.

THE CITY OF CAMDEN IS ASKING PEOPLE TO STAY OFF THE STREETS.  THERE IS FLOODING AT SOME INTERSECTIONS IN DOWNTOWN CAMDEN.

AUTHORITIES ARE EVACUATING THE THREE BRANCHES AREA OF LUGOFF DUE TO FLOODING.

KERSHAW HEALTH URGENT CARE AT ELGIN IS CLOSED. 

HIGHWAY 521 AT CANTEY LANE HAS BEEN CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.  ALSO HIGHWAY 261 TO SUMTER IS CLOSED. 

HIGHWAY 601 FROM SUMTER TO CAMDEN IS CLOSED.

BRIDGE AT PORTER CROSSROADS NEAR KERSHAW COUNTY FIRE STATION #19 IS WASHED OUT.

AREA AROUND BLANEY FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ELGIN AND THE KERSHAW COUNTY RECYLING CONVENIECE CENTER IS FLOODED.  NO ACCESS TO FIRE DEPARTMENT OR RECYLING CENTER.

HIGHWAY 12 BEFORE TOWER ROAD – THE CREEK HAS WASHED THE ROAD OUT.

THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE HAS ISSUED A STATEMENT URGING PEOPLE TO STAY WHERE THEY ARE AND NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL BECAUSE OF CURRENT SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS.    

WE WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUT THANKS TO THE FOLKS IN THE AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE WHO HAVE BEEN PROVIDING US WITH INFORMATION AND ALSO ASSISTING LOCAL AUTHORTIES .

As of 10:15 am we have the following outages in South Carolina.  Please note the first column is the number of outages, the second column is the number of customers (meters) in the county and the last column is the estimated restoration time.  Crews are responding and we are working as quickly and safely as possible in very wet conditions.

 

     
SC-CHEROKEE 15 12,210 Oct 3, 12:00 PM
SC-CHESTER 31 13,877 Assessing Damage
SC-CHESTERFIELD 1 10,610 Oct 3, 11:45 AM
SC-DARLINGTON 63 20,416 Oct 3, 2:00 PM
SC-FAIRFIELD 672 849 Assessing Damage
SC-FLORENCE 15 51,323 Assessing Damage
SC-GREENVILLE 1,240 182,920 Oct 3, 10:30 AM
SC-GREENWOOD 52 24,539 Oct 3, 1:00 PM
SC-KERSHAW 384 5,102 Assessing Damage
SC-LANCASTER 32 30,043 Assessing Damage
SC-LEE 25 5,552 Oct 3, 1:30 PM
SC-PICKENS 2 24,138 Oct 3, 1:00 PM
SC-SPARTANBURG 318 118,391 Oct 3, 1:00 PM
SC-SUMTER 521 30,420 Oct 3, 12:00 PM
SC-WILLIAMSBURG 1 6,549 Oct 3, 12:00 PM
SC-YORK 453 31,935 Assessing Damage

Weather Discussion

Rain, heavy at times, will continue today with widespread rainfall amounts in the 4 to 8” range across the Carolinas through early Monday with some isolated 10” plus amounts possible across the South Carolina counties in Upstate SC resulting in flash flooding and hazardous driving conditions. Along with rain, winds will be a problem with sustained winds in the 15 to 25 mph range with occasional gusts to 45 mph which will result power outages as trees topple and limbs breaks. The area of most concern for wind related power outages will be across the higher elevations in the western Carolinas later this afternoon and through tonight as there is a potential for wind gusts to exceed 50 mph. Rain and gusty winds will continue through Sunday into early Monday across the Carolinas with widespread to significant power outages likely. Conditions are expected to gradually improve through the latter part of Monday however gusty easterly winds will continue through the day especially across the eastern areas of the Carolinas.

Lake Levels:

 

Actual Target Min. Max. Low Inflow Stage Range Date Lake Message Updated
Lake James 97.6 97.9 92.87 100.0 1 Range 10/3/2015
Lake Rhodhiss 95.7 97.0 93.0 100.0 1 Range 10/3/2015
Lake Hickory 97.5 97.0 94.0 100.0 1 Range 10/3/2015
Lookout Shoals Lake 101.1 97.0 93.0 100.0 1 Range 10/3/2015
Lake Norman 95.4 97.9 92.93 100.0 1 Range 7/21/2015
Mountain Island Lake 96.7 96.0 94.3 100.0 1 Range 7/21/2015
Lake Wylie 95.2 97.0 93.0 100.0 1 Range 7/21/2015
Fishing Creek Lake 96.0 98.0 95.0 100.0 1 Range 10/2/2015
Lake Dearborn/Great Falls 97.3 97.5 94.0 100.0 1 Range 10/2/2015
Cedar Creek/Rocky Creek 97.5 97.5 95.0 100.0 1 Range 10/2/2015
Lake Wateree 95.4 97.0 92.97 100.0 1 Range 10/2/2015
Bad Creek 71.3 NA NA NA NA NA None
Lake Jocassee 95.5 NA 82.0 100.0 1 Range 9/3/2015
Lake Keowee 97.0 NA 95.0 100.0 1 Range 9/3/2015
Lake Summit 100.5 97.5 85.0 100.0 NA Range 10/2/2015
Gaston Shoals Lake 99.1 99.0 98.0 100.0 NA Range None
Ninety-Nine Islands 101.1 99.0 98.0 100.0 NA Range None

Lugoff Fire-Rescue continues to operate under an ALERT OPS Status today (began on Thursday) and likely throughout the weekend. During a movement from “Monitoring” to “Alert” OPS Status, additional staffing is brought in for each shift. Additional rescue equipment is also mobilized for immediate deployment in the event that crews must enter moving water to rescue victims from flood waters.

With the expected flood potential this weekend, Lugoff crews will be prepared to perform multiple water rescues as well as home evacuations in low-lying areas if needed.