County of Lexington Friday mid-afternoon update
WARNINGS: Tropical Storm Warning in Effect
WATCHES: Flash Flood Watch Through Sunday Evening
LEXINGTON, SC – The County of Lexington Emergency Operations Center has entered operational condition 3, which is a partial activation of the County’s EOC in preparation for the impacts of Hurricane Florence.
OPCON 3 prepares emergency response units to prepare for weather-related events generated by the storm. County emergency management has enlisted the help of the County’s Community Emergency Response Team, which is comprised of volunteers that are able to assist in emergency relief efforts.
Lexington County EMS, 911 and Fire Service have additional staffing on standby and ready to respond to emergencies around the County. Public Works crews have checked numerous ponds around the County, as well as cleared debris from stormwater drains and outlets.
Several County departments are working on adjusted schedules due to the potential impacts of the storm:
County of Lexington governmental and administrative offices
All County of Lexington governmental and administrative offices will be open and operating under a normal schedule on Friday.
County of Lexington Solid Waste Management
Solid waste recycling & collection centers will close at 5 p.m. Friday and will remain closed through Saturday. The County’s landfill will be closed Saturday. Sunday operations are yet to be determined.
Lexington County Public Library
Lexington County Public Library branches will close at 5 p.m. Friday and will remain closed Saturday. Sunday operations are yet to be determined
Lexington County Animal Services
Lexington County Animal Services Shelter will be closed Saturday.
Lexington County Museum
Lexington County Museum services will be closed Saturday. Sunday operations are yet to be determined.
Residents who have non-emergency questions regarding the County’s preparedness and response to the storm can call the EOC’s non-emergency tip lines at (803) 785-1342 or (803) 785-2718.
The County of Lexington does not supply sandbags for public use. Residents with special medical needs need to ensure that they are acquiring the necessary medicines and healthcare equipment to sustain themselves throughout the duration and aftermath of 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.
To receive emergency messages from the County of Lexington to your cell phone, sign up for the County’s CodeRED emergency alert system here: https://bit.ly/2MwiiJE