Feed stockpiled in Florence for animals affected by the storm

September 21, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. — Florence County is working to get flood relief out to livestock hit hard by the storm and the flooding associated with it. The county is working with the S.C. National Guard, the Olanta Fire Department and Clemson University in the effort.

“We’re stockpiling feed and trying to get it out to the flooded areas of Marion, Dillon, Florence and Horry counties where horses and livestock can’t get feed,” said Mike Maynard of the Florence County Emergency Management Division, as he worked with guard members to offload hay at the Florence County fairgrounds on East Palmetto Street.

The livestock show ring at the fairgrounds was rapidly filling up Wednesday with bales of hay and pallets of feed donated by horse-rescue groups.

A truck load of palletized hay and feed arrived at the site Wednesday. Thursday morning a group from the 1053 S.C. National Guard transportation unit from Bennettsville was detailed to the site to help offload a trailer full of non-palletized hay.

The Guard members were also expected to relocate 24,000 pounds of dog food from the county law enforcement complex at Effingham to the fairgrounds.

The Olanta Fire Department, which has two 2½-ton 6x6 trucks, has been delivering the hay, Maynard said.

The operation delivered hay to a site in Nichols on Tuesday and Aynor on Wednesday, he said.

“Trying to get some hay to Aynor for some cows that are stranded at this point,” Maynard said of Thursday’s task. “I’m working with Clemson Exchange to try to get them hay.”

Since Olanta Fire Department is preparing to assist with expected evacuations along Lynches River over the weekend, Maynard said, it had to withdraw its crews. He said he would likely be leaning on the guard troops and their five-ton 6x6 for future deliveries.

Also on hand at the fairgrounds were pallets of dog crates to be used in the future at shelters so that residents who were not inclined to evacuate and leave their pets behind could evacuate with their pets, he said.

He also said he planned to ask the guard for the use of a Chinook helicopter to move hay to areas where roads were impassable.

When all is said and done, Maynard said, the plan was to distribute the dog food and crates to neighboring counties to be used for future evacuation needs.

“Hopefully it all works out. Hopefully we can get it out to the animals that need it,” Maynard said.

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