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Storm downs 51 trees in Jasper; mandatory evacuations remain

  • Donna Rowell/Special to JCST The storm soaked Ridgeland and throughout Jasper County.
  • Jasper County Fire-Rescue/Special to JCST- The Knowles Island causeway after the storm

The effects of Hurricane Irma brought 7 inches of rain in the last 24 hours to most of Jasper County and downed 51 trees, Jasper County Fire-Rescue Public Information Officer Garrett Lucas said.

At a press conference Monday, Lucas said S.C. Department of Transportation and the county’s public works department cleared 24 downed trees, but there are still 27 trees on the county’s roads.

DOT and Public Works will work until dark to clear as many trees as possible, Lucas said.

More key points:

  • Mandatory evacuations for Knowles Island and the Tillifiny River are still in effect until the county can “adequately evaluate” the infrastructure, Lucas said. The evaluations are still underway.
  • Major roadways U.S. 17, U.S. 321, S.C. 336, and S.C. 462 all have water and Lucas urges drivers to use caution and stay off those roads.
  • The county expects another full tide cycle before the roads are cleared of water. Lucas urges residents to stay off the roads overnight.
  • As of 5 p.m., about 3,000 people are without power.
  • The county remains in a tropical storm warning with peak wind forecast at 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 55 miles per hour.
  • The Ridgeland-Hardeeville High shelter remains open. There were 280 people at the shelter as of early Monday.
  • Lucas said a person in the Roseland community was rescued from their home by Jasper County Fire-Rescue after the home was flooded. The person did not need medical attention.

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