County Council Reviews Storm Readiness

With Hurricane Michael’s anticipated striking of the Florida Gulf Coast, and swiftly traveling in a path over South Carolina, Laurens County Council last night had extensive discussions on efforts to be prepared as such storms hitting our area.

A review of how preparation worked with the recent impact from Hurricane Florence was part of the discussion involving local government, schools and industry, coordinating with state agencies.

Laurens County Emergency Management Director Joey Avery described planning with staff and volunteers. District 56 Superintendent David OShields told of multiple contact with Joey Avery as the storm approached.

Scott Nelson of ZF Transmissions spoke of how closing the plant for a storm would cost millions for the company while also hurting vendors, adding, “But our first responsibility is to look out for safety of our employees.”

Sheriff Don Reynolds said, “We had the swift-water vehicle gassed up and had chain saws in our guy’s trucks.” County Fire Service Director Greg Lindley introduced Western Laurens Fire Department Assistant Chief, Matthew Hughes, who led a group of volunteers for swift water rescue efforts in the flood-stricken areas after the storm hit. Hughes showed Council a power point presentation of his team in action as they rescued and evacuated people and animals following the last storm.

Today, Florence is history, while Laurens County faces Michael.