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Multiple water distribution sites are being set up in Richland County to help people get safe water to drink.
Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson said the following four distribution sites will be open from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday:
Columbia Convention Center - 1100 Lincoln Street
Walmart – 5424 Forest Drive
Lower Richland High School -2615 Lower Richland Boulevard
Landmark Square – 6600 block of Garners Ferry Road
The centers will be open again at Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Two additional sites will open Tuesday at Dutch Square Mall and the Midlands Shopping Center.
Communications Information - please be aware that in the heavily affected areas, telco communications may be limited or nonexistent due to high traffic volume and site failure. CO’& MTSO’s are at capacity. If you must travel, carry a radio if you have one, let more than one person know what route you are taking.
State now at OPCON 1, www.scemd.org
Road Information - http://dbw.scdot.org/RoadConditionsemr/default.aspx
River Gauge Flood link
Use map arrows to view Greenville gsp, Columbia cae, Charleston chs, Wilmington ilm, river gauges to get real time flood levels.
In South Carolina, several variations of flood hazards occur due to the different effects of severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, seasonal rains and other weather-related conditions. The State’s low-lying topography, combined with its humid subtropical climate, makes it highly vulnerable to inland or riverine flooding. Riverine flooding occurs when the flow of rainwater runoff is greater than the carrying capacities of the natural drainage systems. The largest riverine flood in South Carolina, based on the area affected, was the 1903 flood. Relentless rains associated with warm moist air and a low-pressure system caused this flood. The textile communities of Clifton and Pacolet were hardest hit. The Pacolet River rose as much as 40 feet in an hour, resulting in the deaths of sixty-five people.
In comparison to riverine flooding, coastal flooding is usually the result of a severe weather system such as a tropical storm or hurricane, which contains an element of high winds. The damaging effects of coastal floods are caused by a combination of storm surge, wind, rain, erosion and battering by debris. In 1999, three tropical systems resulted in over 24 inches of rain in Horry County. The Waccamaw River and tributaries caused significant flooding throughout northeastern South Carolina.
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Status: All repeaters are operational except Wallace UHF can not be linked until 10/16 all others are available for linking during the week. The Caesars Head VHF 145.13 – pl 123 repeater is operating stand alone until the microwave link between Paris Mt. and Caesars Head is installed. Edgefield VHF 146.85- pl 91.5 repeater is operating stand alone until the link interface is installed. Dillon DMR Repeater operational but running stand alone until network repair can be done on the 1500 ft platform.
Join the VHF – UHF Statewide South Carolina ARES Net at 8PM Sunday Night. All amateurs are welcome to check into the net. To allow time for announcements, check-ins and training topic please check in using – Call Sign, Name, Location, and if you have Announcements or Traffic
For additional information on SC ARES go to www.ares-sc.org
www.scserv.gov check out the web site and register as a volunteer . As a licensed amateur radio operator your profession is listed as amateur radio. Thanks for taking the time to register.
Remember to continue to review of Bart’s Basics from N3GQ, Senior Emergency and Continuity Manager, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC. Ten Tips to Make You a Better Communicator.
Reminder: Is your generator fueled and ready to run? Does the 12v backup battery in the shack still have acid in it? Are the batteries charged for your handheld radio? Do you have a lighter plug for the handheld with dead batteries? Or do you have a AA pack with fresh AA batteries to use ?
ICS 100. The course is available at http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp This is the introduction to the Incident Command System. To be fully trained take ICS 100 and 700 then 200 and 800 on line. ICS 300 and ICS 400 are taught in a classroom setting as is Communications Leadership. Brian Fletcher with MUSC is now certified to teach ICS 300, 400 and ComL. Send requests for class information to Charlie Miller, AE4UX (firstname.lastname@example.org) Remember, we respond to an emergency only as well as we have been trained. Part of the training is to know how the system works.
Thanks to everyone who takes the time to check into the net!!! 73, John, W3KH, Net Manager
Join the SC Regional Skywarn Net on every Tuesday night, 9 PM.The net orginates from Charleston and is sponsored by the National Weather Service in Charleston. Keep your go kit packed. Hurricane season is here.