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Marion County still under water after Hurricane Matthew

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Parts of Marion County are flooded and can only be reached by boat. Parts of Marion County are flooded and can only be reached by boat.
Derrec Becker said the SCEMD is working hard to prevent any more flood related deaths. Derrec Becker said the SCEMD is working hard to prevent any more flood related deaths.

By Kelly Elliott, Carolina News

Hurricane Matthew hit South Carolina just over a week ago, but several counties in the state are still feeling its effects.  Marion County is one of those counties, and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division is working hard to help the people there recover.

The Little Pee Dee River flooded the Marion County town of Nichols in the week following Hurricane Matthew.  Roads washed out and homes were completely destroyed.  Five people died in the flooding. 

Emergency Management spokesman Derrec Becker said the biggest priority is getting South Carolinians out of harm's way.

"Are any lives in danger?  What can we do to help?  How can we support the local first responders and anybody in the state of South Carolina that needs some type of resources or equipment?" said Becker.

The state's emergency management office was at Operational Condition One through last Wednesday.  OPCON 1 is the highest level of emergency management, and SCEMD people work around the clock.  Since then, the emergency status has gradually lowered.

The emergency status was lowered to OPCON 4 late Sunday.  The Little Pee Dee is predicted to remain at major flood stage through Thursday.

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