Friday, December 2

Sumter County officials say some should consider evacuating


Sumter County officials say now is the time to look at your best housing options in case you need to evacuate.The county is not urging everyone to evacuate at this point. For example, in The Villages, the county’s recommendation is to shelter in place because they’re not in an area expected to flood, and the homes there are built to withstand the predicted winds.So who should consider evacuating?The county says people in:Mobile, modular homesLow-lying and flood-prone areas near the riverFolks with special needsPeople who don’t feel safe by themselves should consider going to a friend or relatives’ place, or as a last option, one of the county’s shelters.These are the three shelters that are opening today:Sumter FairgroundsWildwood Elementary SchoolThose are opening at 5 p.m. Tuesday.Wildwood Community Center will open at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon as a special needs shelter Shelters do not have cots, blankets or other supplies, so the county says bring your own. All of the shelters are pet-friendly.Meanwhile, folks were busy in Marion County yesterday filling up at sandbag sites. The emergency management director there explained why folks in Marion in particular need to take this storm seriously.”We are going to have a lot of wind, and we’re going to have a lot of rain and possible flash flooding,” Preston Bowlin said. “We are on the northeast side of this storm, so we’re going to get the heavier winds and the tornadic activity that’s associated with it.School in Marion and Sumter County will be canceled Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday in Sumter, there’s early dismissal.

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Sumter County officials say now is the time to look at your best housing options in case you need to evacuate.

The county is not urging everyone to evacuate at this point.

For example, in The Villages, the county’s recommendation is to shelter in place because they’re not in an area expected to flood, and the homes there are built to withstand the predicted winds.

So who should consider evacuating?

The county says people in:

  • Mobile, modular homes
  • Low-lying and flood-prone areas near the river
  • Folks with special needs
  • People who don’t feel safe by themselves should consider going to a friend or relatives’ place, or as a last option, one of the county’s shelters.

These are the three shelters that are opening today:

  • Sumter Fairgrounds
  • Wildwood Elementary School

Those are opening at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Wildwood Community Center will open at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon as a special needs shelter

Shelters do not have cots, blankets or other supplies, so the county says bring your own. All of the shelters are pet-friendly.

Meanwhile, folks were busy in Marion County yesterday filling up at sandbag sites.

The emergency management director there explained why folks in Marion in particular need to take this storm seriously.

“We are going to have a lot of wind, and we’re going to have a lot of rain and possible flash flooding,” Preston Bowlin said. “We are on the northeast side of this storm, so we’re going to get the heavier winds and the tornadic activity that’s associated with it.

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School in Marion and Sumter County will be canceled Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday in Sumter, there’s early dismissal.

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