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Florence County lifts mandatory evacuation order for Black Creek neighborhoods

September 23, 2018

EFFINGHAM, S.C. -- Florence County Officials have lifted the mandatory evacuation order for residence along Black Creek at Nena Lane, Split Rail Drive, E. Black Creek Drive, Stag Horn Lane, Atlee Court, Crooked Creek Drive and Creekside Drive. It is safe to return to your residences.

Some roads in the area maybe damaged or have standing water. These have been blocked by barriers, do not remove or drive around barriers. Please use precaution when returning to your homes. It is safe to return to your residents, but please follow these helpful tips as you return home.

Before entering your home, look outside for down or low hanging power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage. Parts of your home maybe collapsed or damaged. Approach entrances carefully. See if porch roofs and overhangs have all their supports.Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.If you smell natural or propane, gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and other harmful chemicals.Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!

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