Bridge status, closures, warming shelters

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Power lines down throuhout Dorchester County, limbs falling, according to scanner traffic.

The Ravenel Bridge was closed at 4 a.m. Limehouse and Stono River Bridges also closed.

The following organizations have announced closures related to forecasted inclement weather. This story will be updated as information becomes available.

• Summerville government offices are closed Wednesday, February 12 due to the inclement weather.

• The Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 12 has been cancelled. Make- up date to be determined.

• Dorchester County offices, courts

Dorchester County officials announced Tuesday afternoon that county offices and courts will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Emergency response employees will work as directed by their supervisors.

• Dorchester District Two schools

Dorchester District Two schools will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 12.

• Trident Technical College Summerville Site at Trolley Road will be closed on Wednesday.

• Pinewood Prep. Due to forecasted hazardous conditions, the Pinewood Preparatory School campus will be closed Wed., Feb. 12. All school, afterschool and athletic activities are cancelled. The school’s administration will monitor conditions and provide updated information about Thursday’s schedule later tomorrow.

• Joint Base Charleston for Feb. 12 “mission essential personnel” only.

• Naval Health Clinic. Due to impending inclement weather, Naval Health Clinic Charleston will open at 10 a.m. February 12. Patients with scheduled appointments before 10 a.m. will be contacted by NHCC personnel to reschedule. If you have not been contacted by Friday, February 14 to reschedule, please contact the appointment line at (843) 794-6221.

The Dorchester County Emergency Operations Center will be moving to Operating Condition 3 at 10:00AM in response to the winter weather conditions impacting the county and municipalities. OPCON 3 is a heightened level of readiness in response to a major incident.

Dorchester County Government is urging citizens that do not need to travel to remain off the roads until conditions improve; this will allow public safety and public works crews to properly clear the roadways. At the present time, numerous power outages are being reported, along with down trees and limbs obstructing roadways. Ice accumulations are increasing, making driving conditions dangerous. Crews are working to restore power to residencies and traffic signals.

• Dorchester County urges its citizens to remain indoors during this time to prevent potentially hazardous situations, as road conditions are expected to worsen throughout today and could persist until temperatures rise well above freezing on Thursday. More traffic on the roads equates to more dangerous situations. Citizens are urged to consider the following tips during an ice storm:

• Avoid driving, if possible.

• Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which tend to freeze first.

• Keep several taps turned on to a trickle to prevent pipes from freezing.

• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing.

Warming shelters

• Crisis Ministries & Palmetto House will open more areas of their facility for guests to escape the cold when the temperature is forecast to be 40 degrees or lower. ADA Compliant.

Crisis Ministries: 573 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Palmetto House (no men): 107 Elks Lodge Lane Summerville, SC 29483

• Antioch Community Ministries 1250 Central Ave. Summerville 875-2518

Small warming center– No beds - open at 5 p.m. (doors close at 9 p.m.) Monday - Friday. ADA Compliant

• Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Camp Facility, Leeds Ave in North Charleston.

Opening Tues - Fri 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Large warming shelter at the work camp facility on next to the Sheriff Cannon Detention Center. They will not do background checks – anyone can come and spend the night.

They will have beds, showers, food & medical staff on site.

• CARTA will provide free transportation to this warming shelter.

CARTA will be making a constant loop at the following locations throughout the night:

• Meeting and Columbus

• Meeting and Lee

• Meeting and John near the visitor’s center

• The Carta bus stop on Spring St near the McDonalds (230 Spring St)

• Across the street from TriCounty Family Ministries (3349 Rivers Ave, North Charleston)

• The Carta bus stops surrounding Goodwill on Rivers (6607 Rivers Ave, North Charleston)

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