LEXINGTON, SC - County of Lexington emergency officials are monitoring the path of Hurricane Florence and advise that local pond and dam owners begin lowering water levels ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is anticipated to arrive at the state’s coast Thursday evening.
Officials said that the storm is expected to bring heavy wind and rain to the Midlands area, which can impact a dam’s structural integrity and cause water to flow in an uncontrolled manner, leading to the failure of the dam.
County of Lexington officials, along with officials from several municipal, county and state agencies, convened Monday at 10 a.m. to discuss preparations for Hurricane Florence, which is now a Category 4 hurricane. At this time, all emergency personnel are making necessary preparations for severe weather conditions.
In response to the storm’s potential impacts, officials increased the County’s Emergency Operations Center’s operational readiness to Condition 4, which is the second lowest response level above day-to-day operations. Emergency managers are making initial preparations for the possibility of hazardous situations produced by the storm.
Residents are urged to monitor local media, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s social media channels (@SCEMD) as well as the County’s website (lex-co.sc.gov) and social media channels (Twitter: @CountyLex; Facebook: County of Lexington) for updated information leading up to and throughout the storm.
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