Because of the potential of inclement weather with the approach of Tropical Storm Ian, Richland County facilities will be closed to the public Friday, Sept. 30.
Non-essential County personnel will work remotely. Residents can access many services on the County’s website: www.richlandcountysc.gov, including those by the Auditor, Treasurer, Assessor and other offices.
Emergency officials continue monitoring weather models forecasting the possibility of heavy rain across the Midlands on Friday, with the National Weather Service declaring a tropical storm watch for the area.
Effective today, open burning in unincorporated Richland County is prohibited because of increased fire danger. The ban is a temporary measure to alleviate increased potential for outdoor fires based on current environmental conditions and forecasted high winds presented by Ian.
Open burning may resume Saturday, Oct. 1 if conditions improve.
In the event of flooding, Richland County emergency officials urge residents to take the following steps from the American Red Cross:
- Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
- When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.
- If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.
- If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than 2 feet of moving water.
- Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
- Call your insurance agent in advance and know what your coverage is.
For news and updates, follow Richland County on Facebook and Twitter by searching for @RichlandSC or visiting the County website.
Real-time and historic weather data across the County is available through the Richland County Weather Information Network Data System (RC WINDS) at rcwinds.com.