SC continues to clear roadways; some state offices closed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WTOC) – The South Carolina Emergency Operations Center continues to be activated at Operation Condition 3, which is a preparedness level when a disaster or emergency situation is likely.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and members of the State Emergency Response Team are continuing to respond to severe weather conditions that have affected most of the state.

Officers responded 2,610 weather-related incidents, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Gov. Mark Sanford has ordered state government offices in 24 counties closed Tuesday.  State offices in the remaining 22 counties will operate on a two-hour delay. See closings list.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation currently has 1,285 maintenance employees involved in road operations. Conditions on several roadways, especially secondary roadways, are still hazardous, according to SCEMD.

CHP personnel continue to be augmented by officers from the State Law Enforcement Division and the SC Department of Natural Resources.

There are 142 S.C. National Guard soldiers who have have been placed on active duty.

A winter shelter in Williamsburg County has been opened by S.C. Department of Social Services staff and American Red Cross volunteers at Kingstree High School.

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