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Authorities report few problems connected to snowfall

Posted: January 30, 2014 4:34 p.m.
Updated: January 31, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County had a bout of wintery weather, including sleet and snow this week, but emergency authorities are reporting relatively few problems. The precipitation started Tuesday night in Camden with light sleet and freezing rain that later turned to snow. The National Weather Service reported 1.5 inches fell in Kershaw County.

Kershaw County Emergency Manager Gene Faulkenberry said most of the county government took the day off Wednesday, but essential personnel were on the job.

"The government offices were shut down yesterday, but public works and the maintenance department came in and cleared the sidewalks. Public works helped DOT (Department of Transportation) clear the roads. The sheriff’s office assisted with getting people hospital workers like nurses in to work," Faulkenberry said Thursday. "There were no power outages that I knew of. There were a few traffic accidents. The main ones were on the interstate, but we had some out in the county."

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he put his best-equipped vehicles on the road.

"We have 11 four-wheel drive vehicles and had nine of them out on the roads, keeping the two-wheel drive vehicles off the roads as much as possible. We took nurses to the hospital and one to a nursing home. We patrolled looking for people off in the ditches, along with the highway patrol," Matthews said. "As far as I know there were no power outages. Everybody wants to whine when things go wrong, but I want to say ‘good job’ to the power companies."

Camden Police Chief Joseph Floyd said the department’s call volume was up, but the problems were minor. He thanked the public for staying off the streets and said preplanning made it easier to deal with the weather event.

"We managed it well. We didn’t have any major issues. The public heeded the warnings that were put out and stayed off the roads and streets. That reduced the problems that could have existed otherwise," he said. "A lot of good planning was done by a lot of different agencies and it worked out well."

City of Camden Public Works Director Tom Couch reported no problems.

"We were very fortunate, we had no power outages. We came through unscathed," he said.

Camden Fire Chief John Bowers said his department fought a fire in the Dusty Bend area Wednesday night that was weather related, but not because of the snow. He said the fire department also helped healthcare workers with transportation.

"The only thing we had was one structure fire that we believe was caused by an electrical overload situation, not because of the snow or sleet, but just because of the cold weather," he said. "We were able to transport some emergency workers, like nurses."

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