South Carolina Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith is urging drivers to stay off the roads once Hurricane Florence passes through South Carolina.
“In terms of post-landfall roadway conditions, it will be very dangerous,” he said during a news briefing Thursday. “And if you don’t have a need to be on the roadway, we ask that you please stay off the roads.”
Smith said he cannot emphasize enough that cars should never drive through a flooded roadway. “The phrase ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’ could not be more important than now.”
Smith said a flooded roadway may not only be impassable, it could be hiding something beneath the surface. “There could be downed power lines, trees, debris.”
He said if a road has been closed by the state or local government, do not attempt to go around barricades.
Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can cause an adult to lose his or her balance. “Don’t use or play in standing water for recreational purposes. There could be a lot of safety risks associated with that,” Smith said Thursday at the governor’s daily press briefing on Hurricane Florence at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division headquarters in Lexington County.
Evacuation shelter locations, emergency information for residents, ways to volunteer and how to donate goods are at scemd.org.