Officials work 24/7 to respond to thousands of emergency calls

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – Rescue workers, police officers and emergency management teams have been working around the clock since the historic rainfall in South Carolina began Friday morning.

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office reports from midnight Friday morning until Tuesday at 9 a.m., the Georgetown County 911 Communications Center received 1,249 calls. Some of the calls received were for the following emergencies:

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National Guard responds to help residents in Conway, SC

Flooding: 199
Down trees: 13
Public service: 153
Traffic accident with injury: 32
Traffic accident without injury: 49
Utility emergency: 5

Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue reports responding to 169 calls for emergency service Friday through Monday.  None of the calls were for a structure fire. In addition, four personnel from the Myrtle Beach Fire department have been deployed with South Carolina Task Force 1 since early Saturday morning. Captain Marvin Hickman, Lieutenant Bob Horn and Lieutenant Ken Chapman have made multiple rescues with SC-HART. Captain Ed Begovich is staffing the Task Force Command Center and helping to coordinate rescue resources.

Florence County Emergency Medical Services responded to 75 9-1-1 calls in just 24 hours. First responders were called to 52 medical emergencies and 23 motor vehicle accidents on Sunday alone.

South Carolina Highway Patrol calls for service From 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, included:

110 collisions
51 calls for assisting motorists
8 trees in the roadway
9 reports of roadway flooding

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Fire crews respond to a collapsed road and vehicle fire after a driver ignored road barricades in Florence County.

There have been 4,367 total calls for service, including 1,843 collisions as of 6 a.m. (this is from October 1 at 6 p.m. to October 6 at 6 a.m.). There have been six traffic fatalities statewide that were weather-related since the emergency declaration began. There now have been eight weather-related fatalities involving drowning, including one additional drowning fatality announced overnight in Richland County.

This now brings the TOTAL weather- related fatalities to 14, according to South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Eight weather-related fatalities involving drowning:
6 in Richland
1 in Kershaw
1 in Spartanburg

Six weather-related traffic fatalities:
2 in Aiken
2 in Greenville
1 in Anderson
1 in Horry

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