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Gov. Haley, agency leaders discuss storm impact, response

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COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

With snow, ice and sleet moving out of the area on Thursday, state officials came together to discuss the impact and response in the region.

Go. Nikki Haley held the conference call with other state agency heads at 11 a.m. to discuss the forecast, road and bridge conditions, operational responses to motor vehicle accidents, roadside debris removal, salting and deicing operations, and sheltering needs.

Haley said crews are working around-the-clock to clean the roads and energy companies are working to restore power to the more than 346,000 customers without power in the state.

Including in state crews, 11 other states have sent crews to help restore power to residents and businesses of South Carolina, Haley said in a news release.

As the response and cleanup from the storm continues the State Emergency Operations Center will remain open.

Other state agency responses as of Thursday:

  • The Department of Transportation has 1,455 maintenance workers actively involved deicing the roads at the time of the meeting. SCDOT said they have more than 700 pieces of equipment in use with more than 12,000 tons of salt.

 

  • The Department of Public Safety has also been working around the clock, with 354 officers in the field. The agency said they responded to 925 weather related calls, 176 collisions, 366 trees in the roadways, 61 abandoned vehicles and 276 abandoned motorists across the state.

 

  • The National Guard deployed 182 soldiers to assist in highway operations on Wednesday and Thursday. The soldiers also brought in 14 wrecker crews and 30 dump trucks hauling 600 tons of salt from Charleston.

 

  • The American Red Cross opened 37 general population shelters and four warming stations, with a total of 193 occupants on Thursday morning.

 

  • The Department of Health and Environmental Control had nine special medical need shelters fro the storm with 23 occupants.

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