Tactical Response Team
National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center
Evacuation Route Information
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10/6/2015- Edisto River Update
If you live in a low lying area close to the Edisto River, you are in danger
and should consider evacuating now. You could be inaccessible to
Fire-Rescue for more than a week. If you have a fire or medical
emergency, it could take a significant amount of time for emergency services
to reach you. We have already experienced a medical emergency with a
patient that could not be reached by ambulance. Your safety is
important to us. Please consider leaving now before the waters crest
and remain dangerously high for weeks.
According to the National Weather
Service hydrologists' predictions, the Edisto River will crest around the 10th
or 11th at 16.4 feet (but could be slightly higher or lower).
The crest will remain at 16.4 feet until the 13th or 14th
at Givhans Landing (where the gauge is) and it could be that high (or
higher) south of the gauge until the 15th or 16th.
A one foot rise in water represents a 60% increase in flow. It is not
anticipated that the gauge will be below 10 feet (flood stage) until
sometime between the 21st and 23rd. The areas
south of the gauge could be a day or two after the 23rd.
This prediction is also based on us receiving
no new precipitation through the 23rd.
10/4/2015- All Colleton County Residents:
The accumulation of rain over the last several days will be
compounded by the water runoff from higher elevations that have also
received historic amounts of rain .
If you live in a low lying area, an area close to a river, stream, or
creek, or an area prone to flooding, you should consider evacuating now.
As of this afternoon at 1:00 pm, the Edisto River was at a height of
8.17 feet. Flood stage is at
10.0 feet. The Edisto River will
be above flood stage shortly after 1:00 am tomorrow (Monday) morning, in
less than 12 hours. The National
Weather Service (click
here) projects that the river could crest at 16 feet by Wednesday
afternoon. This level, six feet
above flood stage, represents a potentially life threatening level.
Fire-Rescue and Sheriff’s Office personnel may have a very difficult
time reaching you in the aforementioned areas during this time if you
experience an emergency. If you
live along any of the rivers or creeks in Colleton County and are already
experiencing mild to moderate flooding, it is likely to get much worse over
the next 1 to 5 days. You should
consider evacuating now, while it is still safe to do so.
If you are in a safe area, please remain at home as some of the roads in
Colleton County are unsafe.
Should you have to travel, do not cross roads that are covered with water.
Turn around, don’t drown.
For non-emergency issues or questions, contact the Sheriff’s office at
843-549-2211. As always, if you
experience an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
Fire-Rescue will be administering flu shots for volunteer and career
personnel at Headquarters on Monday, October 5th and Tuesday,
October 6th from 17:30 to 18:30. The vaccine is free of charge and
offered on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue is hosting a class called Emerging Leaders on
October 11th, 2015 at Station 19.
The target audience
is upcoming officers and leaders of all volunteer or small combination fire
departments in the age bracket of 18-28. However, all fire service
members are welcome to attend.
To register, please click on the link provided or copy and paste into your
21/Sept/2015 – Auto vs Pedestrian w/Air Evac –
A 55 year old North Carolina man was in critical condition after
being struck by a vehicle on Bells Hwy at the intersection of Mount
Carmel Road Monday evening 21-September at 21:14. Witnesses reported
the truck was traveling the speed limit of 45 mph when the man
walked into the path of the moving vehicle. He was thrown into the
air and struck a second vehicle that was stopped at the
intersection. Click here for more
19/Sept/2015 – Volunteer Fair
Colleton County Fire-Rescue participated in the
Leadership Colleton Volunteer Fair in the City Parking lot Saturday
19-September. The 2015 Leadership Class held the Fair as their class
project to bring awareness to the many local agencies who need
volunteers. The Fair ran from 08:00 to noon. Battalion Chief Scott
Feather and Missy Feather staffed the Fire-Rescue booth all morning,
displaying some equipment and answering questions about volunteer
Click here for more
19/Sept/2015 – MVC with Entrapment – “C” Shift
A 19 year old Georgia woman received multiple traumatic injuries in
a high speed crash on I-95 near the 57 mile marker southbound
Saturday morning 19-September at 01:33. Apparently the southbound
small Chrysler car collided with a southbound tractor trailer after
passing the Bells Hwy overpass. The car lost control, skidded
sideways and flipped over at least once as it rolled down an
embankment into the tree line. Click here
for more information.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue is once again honored to be hosting the National
Fallen Firefighters Candlelight and Memorial Service Weekend coverage on our
website. The Candlelight Service will be held on Saturday, October 3rd
from 1800 to 1930. The Memorial Service will be held on Sunday from
0930 to 12:00. Click here to view the
13/Sept/2015 – Two Alarm Structure Fire w
Mutual Aid – “C” Shift
A 125 year old Lodge residence was destroyed in an early morning
fire Sunday morning 13-Sept. 9-1-1 Operators began receiving calls
about the fire at 00:49 reporting large amounts of smoke coming from
the home. Engine 23 arrived a short time later to find heavy black
smoke coming from the eaves on all sides of the structure.
Firefighters found fire coming from windows at the rear of the
building and deployed handlines to the back of the residence. Click
here for more information.
11/Sept/2015 – Fatal MVC with Ejection – “B”
A Colleton County man died of injuries sustained in a single vehicle
accident in the 3800 block of Sidneys Road Friday evening 11-Sept.
At 19:09 Fire-Rescue was notified of a car that struck a tree just
north of Danville Lane. The caller advised the driver had been
ejected and was laying in the roadway. Firefighter-Paramedics
arrived to find the car with major damage blocking the northbound
lane and the occupant in the southbound lane. Click
here for more information.
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