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Polk County officials encourage voluntary evacuation in these areas

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Deputies at work in the rain in Polk County (FOX Carolina/ May 29, 2018) Deputies at work in the rain in Polk County (FOX Carolina/ May 29, 2018)

Polk County Emergency Management officials again encouraged voluntary evacuations Tuesday for some residents, according to a news release.

As much as 2 to 6 inches of rain could fall in the area by Wednesday and there is a risk os strong storms and wind gusts.

Officials said people living in these areas should consider evacuating:

  • Page Farm Road
  • Brookwood Subdivision 
  • Highway 176 from North Wall Road to 3910 Hwy 176
  • Warrior Drive from Baker Drive to Meadowlark Drive
  • Meadowlark Drive and Intersecting Roads
  • Walcot Farm Lane
  • Miller Mountain Road
  • Rixhaven Subdivision
  • Green River Cove Road
  • Holbert Cove Road

Officials encourage people living in those areas to evacuate voluntarily until the rain subsides. First responders may have difficulty accessing these areas if an emergency arises.

A shelter has been setup at Polk County Middle School, located at 321 Wolverine Trail in Mill Spring.

The Red Cross asks anyone who goes to the shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself

Officials said landslides may be possible due to the saturated conditions.  Officials gave these recommendations on steps to take if residents feel a landslide may occur:

  • If you suspect imminent danger, evacuate immediately. Inform affected neighbors if you can.
  • Listen for unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together.
  • If you are near a stream or channel, be alert for any sudden increase or decrease in water flow and notice whether the water changes from clear to muddy. Such changes may mean there is debris flow activity upstream so be prepared to move quickly.
  • Be especially alert when driving— watch for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks and other indications of possible debris flow.
  • If you are ordered or decide to evacuate, take your animals with you.
  • Consider a precautionary evacuation of large or numerous animals as soon as you are aware of impending danger.

A woman was killed in her home when a mud slide struck in Polk County on May 19.

A news crew from the Upstate was also killed while covering Alberto’s threat in Polk County on Monday.

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