Governor Mark Sanford issued the following statement on last night's inclement weather and the resultant power outages and difficult travel conditions across the state.
"Given last night's snowfall and the difficult weather experienced by many across South Carolina, resources from state and local governments have been mobilized for the last 18 hours in an effort to make our state's roads as safe as possible as quickly as possible, and work is already underway to restore power to the up to 35,000 households who experienced outages last night," said Gov. Mark Sanford. "We'd thank the over 1,600 first responders across the state for working through the night to serve, protect and in many cases directly assist their fellow South Carolinians stuck on the roadways."
"Last night the Emergency Management Division, in coordination with numerous law enforcement agencies, Department of Transportation (DOT) crews and other local and private entities, began its around-the-clock work to clear major thoroughfares and return power to areas experiencing outages - with extra focus on hard hit areas like Orangeburg County, Charleston County and the I-26 corridor from Charleston to Columbia. Specifically, 220 Highway Patrol, DNR and SLED units patrolled and assisted motorists last night, while over 1,400 DOT personnel and 737 DOT vehicles and plows continue to unclog our state's interstates, highways and other roads. For the sake of these first responders, we'd ask for an added measure of patience as we dig out together from what has been quite the South Carolina snowfall. Finally, and most importantly, we'd continue to urge South Carolinians - especially those not accustomed to this amount of snow - to stay put and not venture out on the roads today until conditions improve. For the latest updates and tips on weathering the storm, South Carolinians can log onto www.scemd.org.";