LAURINBURG — The area saw record flooding Sunday as Tropical Storm Florence held a steady rain over the county, leading to the opening of a secondary shelter and the evacuation of one.
Around 375 people were seeking shelter at the American Red Cross shelter at Scotland High School gym Sunday, but due to rising waters and the possibility of more flooding the shelter was evacuated on Monday. The shelter at the high school was opened Thursday at 10 a.m. and had 90 people who stayed while Florence originally hit the area but more came during the aftermath due to flooding.
A second shelter was established at St. Andrew’s University, which was not one of the original secondary locations given out.
According to Director of Emergency Services Roylin Hammond during a press conference Monday morning, half of those seeking shelter in Scotland High School would go to a shelter in Hoke County while the other half would go to St. Andrew’s.
It was soon corrected on the Scotland County Facebook page that everyone from the high school would be evacuated to the St. Andrew’s gym.”
“We have about 360 people in the shelter at St. Andrews at this time,” Hammond said. “We are working diligently to get supplies and water and food to those people, it’s being brought in. We have a significant amount of resources coming to Scotland County from the state and from out-of-state, so please be patient.”
During the same press conference Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kersey said there have been more than 2,000 rescues made in the Scotland County area over the weekend.
So far Laurinburg has received more than 18 inches of rain and more storms are expected to hit the area again, likely causing additional flooding.
Kersey, along with Hammond, both encouraged the public to listen to first responders if they are asking residents to leave, to keep out of the water and not go into affected areas.
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