Lexington County weathers Matthew with minimal damage
Lexington County, SC – Hurricane Matthew blew through Lexington County in the early morning hours of Saturday with heavy rains and gusting winds. Although there were some damages to homes and business in the county, the impact of the hurricane paled in comparison to the devastating losses experienced by some of our neighbors along the coast.
Lexington County emergency responders were well prepared and the county’s emergency operations center was staffed as calls rolled in regarding trees down in the roads, and in some cases onto buildings. Firefighters responded to a number of reports for downed power lines, but for the most part, they were unable to take action in those instances except to report them to the appropriate utility company.
EMS, firefighters, and law enforcement, responded to car wrecks, and emergency officials urged drivers to stay home and off the roads if at all possible. There was one fatal crash in the county, a double fatality motorcycle accident in the St. Andrews area Saturday evening, well after the storm had passed.
In the Town of Springdale, Shadblow‘s upper pond dam breached on Saturday morning and flooded the lower pond and portions of Durham Drive. The waters receded throughout the day Saturday. The town had barricades on Durham Drive to prevent motorists from driving through the flooded area.
Some other Lexington County roads were closed due to the flooding but most were reopened quickly by public works crews or SCDOT crews.
Bluefield Road, a major route from the Pelion and Boiling Springs area to Red Bank was closed at the creek because of flooding before the storm’s fury hit. In other cases, washed out roads were reported by residents of those areas or were discovered by emergency personnel that were out in force.
County firefighters discovered that Beaver Creek Road in the Sandy Run area was washed out while they were responding to a fire alarm in that area. They used four-wheel-drive trucks to continue into the call but found that the automatic alarm was false after investigating.
The damages in Lexington County were scattered and for the most part isolated. County officials have been regularly updating road closures on their website and through local media. The very latest on Lexington County road conditions at www.lex-co.sc.gov/Pages/CurrentWeatherInfo.aspx.
The Lexington County emergency shelters at White Knoll High School, the only one that was opened here during the storms, is now closed. All students from all district were to return to school on Monday morning with no delays.