South Carolina road closures drop, flood recovery continues

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Posted: Oct 14, 2015 12:36 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Flood recovery efforts continue in South Carolina as more roads open and the number of open shelters goes down.

South Carolina Emergency Management Division spokesman Derrec Becker said Wednesday 241 people are in seven shelters in six counties affected by the Oct. 3 and 4 rainstorms and floods.

Becker says two shelters are in Richland County. The rest are in Williamsburg, Florence, Georgetown, Clarendon and Lexington counties.

Becker said that as of Wednesday morning, 197 roads and 84 bridges remained closed statewide.

Meanwhile, Fort Jackson spokeswoman Kara Motosicky said the Army is investigating the cause of last week's dam failure at Semmes Lake on the post.

State officials have reported 29 dam failures at sites across the state, but Semmes Lake is the only one overseen by the federal government.