Chesterfield emergency officials prepare to aid SC coast evacuation

Chesterfield county officials are preparing for Hurricane Matthew, and preparing to aid people evacuating off the South Carolina coast.

The evacuation starts Wednesday at 3pm. South Carolina Department of Transportation is preparing for lane reversals. There is only one way out, as drivers can only travel west.

For those who do not have transportation off the coast, Greenville County Schools will be providing shelter and buses to help with the evacuation.

 “It takes a while to move everyone,” said William Watson of Chesterfield Schools Board of Education.  “If you got that many people you got to put them somewhere.”

Chesterfield emergency officials tell Fox46 Charlotte they are on reserve as back up shelters at this time and are ready for the storm.

When Charlotte Hurst heard Governor Haley order an evacuation off the South Carolina coast, she immediately called her son who goes to school on the coast. He had not yet heard about the evacuation. As a concerned mother, Hurst urged her son to get on the road, back to Chesterfield Tuesday night.

“The earlier he can get on the road, the better he will be,” said Hurst. “Because it’s going to be kind of like a mass exodus.”   

Hurst tells Fox46 Charlotte she is opening her doors to friends and family on the coast, but she is concerned about the rain and heavy winds that will hit Chesterfield later this week, and spent the day clearing her yard.

 “Battening down the hatches, putting things up,” said Hurst. “Because suddenly a lawn chair can become a weapon.”