March 16, 2008
AIKEN CTY, S.C. - The following has been released from the Aiken County's Sheriff's Department:
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the American Red Cross will open and operate a shelter for any citizen displaced by the storm at Midland Valley High School. Citizens are directed to report to the school gymnasium. Midland Valley is located on Mustang Drive, in Graniteville.
All Area 3 schools will resume normal operation on Tuesday. Students should report at the usual time to: Byrd Elementary, Clearwater Elementary, Gloverville Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Warrenville Elementary, L-B-C Middle School, Leavelle – McCampbell Middle School, Midland Valley High School and the Aiken County Career Center.
South Carolina DOT to Cleanup Debris
Residents are directed to place storm debris on the right-of-way in front of their homes.
Over the next two weeks, crews will remove and dispose of debris.
Residents are directed to schedule pickup by calling: (803) 641-7666;
Water service has been restored to an estimated 1000 customers of the Bath Water District.
However, the system is not at full pressure. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control continues testing water quality. In the meantime, residents are directed to boil water for one minute before drinking or cooking until further notice.
South Carolina Electric and Gas estimates 400 customers still are without power Monday afternoon as a result of the storm. Those customers live in Bath, North Augusta and the Pine Log Road area. Aiken Electric Cooperative says it has restored service to all its customers.
Cleanup continues on O’Bannion Court. Relief services and utility crews are working to restore service in the area.
Before making any repairs to your home, please contact Aiken County Planning and Development to obtain a permit. Call (803) 642-1518. Aiken County will provide permits free-of-charge.
Despite rumors circulating among citizens, there have been no reported deaths or confirmed cases of looting in the storm-damaged area.
The American Red Cross is conducting damage assessment. Representatives will arrange temporary housing for individuals whose property is uninhabitable because of storm damage.
Individuals should call the American Red Cross, in Aiken: (803) 507-3976; (803) 507-8462.