January 30, 2014

Gov. Haley rescinds state of emergency order

Gov. Nikki Haley rescinded her state of emergency executive order at noon Thursday as state operations scale back from a winter storm that passed over much of South Carolina, the S.C. Emergency Management Division said.

The S.C. National Guard and state and county emergency offices have resumed normal readiness, the division said.

All state and county government offices were open Thursday, though some start late -- including Richland County.

The S.C. Department of Transportation had more than 2,000 employees working during the storm, the emergency agency said.

They spread 13,577 tons of salt, 4,318 tons of sand, 104,765 gallons of calcium chloride, and 754,412 gallons of salt brine on state roads.

The S.C. Department of Public Safety reported that the Highway Patrol, State Law Enforcement Division and the Department of Natural Resources officers answered 3,536 calls for service in the storm.

The calls included 1,799 collisions, 368 abandoned vehicles, and 853 motorists assisted.

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