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State of emergency proclamation approved by Florence County Council

September 13, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. — The Florence County Council officially declared a state of emergency Thursday morning in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.

On the motion of Secretary/Chaplain Waymon Mumford, the council voted unanimously to add an emergency proclamation to the agenda of Thursday’s monthly meeting.

Then, the council approved the proclamation unanimously in the meeting.

The proclamation authorizes Dusty Owens, the county director of emergency management, County Administrator K.G. “Rusty” Smith, and Sheriff Kenney Boone the authority to implement the proclamation and the state of emergency procedures.

Those three also are given the authority to compel evacuations as needed and enact and enforce a 7 p.m.-to-sunrise curfew. A curfew has not yet been enacted.

The state of emergency will last until the threat of Florence is over.

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