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Editorial: Hurricane Florence

Posted: September 17, 2018 1:56 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2018 1:00 a.m.

First, we hope everyone got through the storm with minimal ill effects. It was a monstrous thing and even now is still causing mayhem -- and will for some time.

While we escaped major catastrophe here in Kershaw County, it would be very wise to keep our guard up a little longer -- the rain is still coming down elsewhere and flooding continues to be a very real and potentially deadly threat.

What did we expect from Florence? High winds, heavy rains and, therefore, damage of one kind or another. Kershaw County government officials were ramping up their preparations well in advance, ready to handle whatever came up and fortunately, we didn’t have to deal with nearly as many problems as some of our neighbors have and will.

The county began holding daily planning meetings on Sept. 11 -- soberly being reminded that it was the 17th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Pennsylvania -- with community agencies to coordinate and plan for Florence. The S.C. Department of Transportation, Camden police and fire departments, Lugoff Fire-Rescue, American Red Cross, KershawHealth, Department of Social Services all participated along with the school district and the county’s own departments.

No one can be totally prepared for these situations, but that early planning and preparation is vital, whether we get hit or not. We are very proud of and very grateful for our emergency preparedness people, first responders, utilities workers, and everyone else involved.

Thank you all for what you did -- and continue to do every day.

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