At a Thursday afternoon meeting in the County’s Emergency Operations Center, officials said anyone left without adequate housing from the Wednesday storms could take shelter at a Red Cross operated center at Pickens High School.
The shelter will open at 7 p.m. this evening and will be used as long as needed. Those seeking to enter it will need to register with the Red Cross officials on hand.Adding to confusion, the PHS drama club will be opening a double feature production at the same time.
Emergency personnel including Fire Chief Bob Howard, EMA Director Sloane Elrod, Sheriff Donnie Craig and Commissioner Rob Jones were unsure how many people to expect or how long it might be needed.
Sheriff Craig said deputies will beef up patrols and control access to the west Pickens areas affected by the storm to prevent sightseers who other officials said were hampering work there and to deter anyone seeking to steal possessions that are now left lying open after houses were destroyed.
At the meeting incomplete assessments indicated that 2,300 residences may still be without power, up from a 1,900 estimate given earlier today.
With only about half the affected area assessed, officials said it looks like more than 100 homes suffered some kind of damage in the storm with 18 already considered “destroyed.” Officials still have another 40 homes to assess tomorrow and that figure is expected to rise.