After the ice storm

Last week’s snow storm outages down to 62,333 on Sunday evening

jmonk@thestate.comFebruary 16, 2014 

Power outages from last week’s ice and snow storm have dipped to 62,333, the S.C. Emergency Management Division reported Sunday evening.

That’s down from the high of 346,000 outages reported at 11 a.m. Thursday, and 89,148 earlier Sunday. Utility crews were continuing to work Sunday evening to restore power and assess damage.

In Aiken County, some 10,151 homes were without power as of Sunday, SCE&G reported. In Orangeburg, 2,913 were without power. In Lexington County, 14 households were without power. All power was on in Richland and Kershaw counties.

With the snow mostly melted, hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of storm-caused debris remained on roads, yards and fields, according to county emergency managers across the state. National Guard soldiers assisted with debris cleanup in Aiken, one of the state’s hardest-hit counties.

Meanwhile, eight shelters and warming centers remained open, now housing 88 citizens. The Red Cross, Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Convention were supporting food operations in Georgetown and Berkeley counties.

In addition, four S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control special medical needs shelters were operating with 18 occupants.

During the storm, the state emergency operations center responded to more than 60 requests for aid from around the state. These included requests for generators, debris removal, transportation, National Guard support and drinking water. The state has also requested an additional 20,000 tons of road salt from out-of-state sources.

A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency arrived in South Carolina over the weekend to help in the processing of requests to the federal government.

The Emergency Management Division advised residents still needing help to contact their local American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other state and local volunteer groups.

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