Mandatory curfew lifted for Chesterfield County, shelter evacuated due to flooding

(Kristi O'Connor)
Updated: Sep. 16, 2018 at 9:13 PM EDT
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CHERAW, SC (WBTV) - A mandatory curfew was issued for Chesterfield County residents from 11 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday due to dangerous flooding.

Around 9 p.m, Chesterfield Emergency Management said they had to evacuate a shelter because of rain water that started to leak into the community center.

About 40 people were at the shelter were evacuated to the Cheraw Public Works building temporarily to then be moved to Cheraw High School.

South Carolina Emergency Management issued the curfew, saying there was a flood emergency in the county.

Areas in the town of Cheraw were hardly visible as Florence continued to dump rain across the WBTV viewing area.

Sheriff Jay Brooks said it was “very dangerous" as some areas hit as much as five to six feet. “Everything is under water," Brooks said.

Brooks also says they are worried a dam will break on Chatham Lake.

Trees and power lines were down in the area, closing part of Highway 52.

A Tornado Watch also went into effect for Chesterfield Counties until 5 p.m. Sunday.

Residents were asked to call 911 if they need assistance.

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