City of Florence Response to Flood Event in South Carolina
Mayor Stephen J. Wukela announced this morning, Oct. 4, that while the City of Florence has received a substantial amount of rainfall in recent days, the City systems are currently stable and operational. Nevertheless, the Mayor announced that city staff has engaged its First Level Emergency Response Plan. This is a cautionary action due to the current weather forecast. The Mayor urged city residents as well as residents in neighboring areas to stay home and not travel. Weather reports predict the potential for heavy bands of rain and wind is possible throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
Residents living near Jeffries Creek should be aware of the potential for flooding as the creek continues to rise. Follow all weather advisories as continued updates are released. As information, residents along Black Creek have been advised to evacuate.
An additional concern of the City is the impact to the City’s Sewer Collection System. Much of the sewer collection system is located within low-lying areas and therefore may be impacted by rising flood waters. Therefore some household services could potentially be slow to drain. If you experience a slow operating sewer system, we recommend that certain activities like washing clothes and other household tasks be limited. Similarly for those households using septic systems, the ground water level is likely overloaded which may impact your residential sewer service.
All departments of the city have additional personnel in the field monitoring streets and trouble areas, as well as on standby in the event additional personnel are needed. The City has compiled a list of streets that have been impacted by this rain event and city crews will be dispatched over time.
Please help us by staying off the roads and only calling for emergency situations. Our non-emergency contact number is (843) 665-3191. For emergencies, please dial 911.