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Florence under countywide curfew; evacuations ordered in some areas

September 15, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. — Florence County authorities have imposed a countywide curfew and ordered evacuations of some areas in danger of flooding from Hurricane Florence.

The curfew will be from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. until further notice.

An announcement from the county said exceptions include “essential public safety/medical employees and essential industry staff.”

The announcement said the curfew and mandatory evacuation were being implemented under the state of emergency proclaimed by the Florence County Council on Thursday.

The announcement said the mandatory evacuation will be “along Black Creek of Nena Lane, Split Rail Drive, E. Black Creek Drive, Stag Horn Lane, Atlee Court, Crooked Creek Drive and Creekside Drive, beginning immediately and to be completed by noon tomorrow.

“The evacuation also includes the following area along Lynches River, Ben Gause Road, Hawkins Landing Road, Meadowprong Road (Dirt portion of the road), Roundtree Road, Fork Road, and North Old Georgetown Road in the vicinity of New Hope and Lynches River County Park.”

“The danger to the public will increase as darkness falls,” the announcement said, “and visibility is further reduced. Do not attempt to enter flooded areas as it could pose an immediate threat to your safety.

“Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and website (www.fcemd.org) where we will post additional information as the situation warrants.”

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