Four SC islands still closed after Hurricane Matthew

Governor Nikki Haley
Governor Nikki Haley

(WSPA)— Governor Nikki Haley gave an update on recovery efforts following Hurricane Matthew at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon at the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia.

Governor Haley said that she observed flooding near rivers, cars and homes destroyed and various damage while flying over Florence and Marion Counties. She also talked about the town of Nichols and how stranded residents went to the third floor of their Town Hall to be rescued.

She showed optimism for the coming week of recovery with dry, sunny weather to aid efforts.

All evacuation orders were officially lifted, though Hilton Head Island, Fripp Island, Hunting Island, and Harbor Island are all still closed at this time.

Governor Haley talked about river patrols on the Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers to assist with any other stranded residents or rescue operations.

Law enforcement is in place to stop any potential looters from hitting homes while the owners are evacuated.

There have been three confirmed fatalities in South Carolina, with two in Florence and one in Columbia.

Some Numbers across the state:

361 Roads Closed
29 Bridges Closed
42 Shelters Open
30 Schools used as shelters
7 Dams failed (with potential for more)
2,184 residents in shelters as of Monday morning
18,080 people under a boil water advisory
8,000 linemen working to restore power
473,000 people without power

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