School Is Cancelled - Districts 56 Announces
POWER RESTORED ABOUT 9 PM THURSDAY, SCHOOL IN SESSION - District 56 resumes classes today after 2 days out for snow and ice, the City of Clinton restored power to western area customers last night.
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The current "feels like" temperature in Laurens County is 23 degrees (it was 6 earlier). The City says the courtroom in the Public Safety Building is open for anyone who does not have heat, and they are working on opening another shelter (one hours ago).
CITY OF CLINTON – CITY OF CLINTON OFFERS WARMING STATION TO RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY THE POWER OUTAGE
City of Clinton Electrical crews having been working since 7:30 this morning to restore power to parts of Clinton due to problems associated with an equipment failure in the city’s substation.
Crews have been able to reduce outage numbers significantly; however, the remainder outages are going to be sustained while electrical crews work to replace the faulty equipment.
The Clinton Department of Public Safety building located at 404 North Broad Street is available as a warming station for residents impacted by the outage. Public Safety Director Robin Morse in discussing the availability of the public safety department as a warming station said, “We are open and ready to receive those impacted by the power outage; however, our building is open 24/7/365 for our citizens should they need a place to warm up during the cold temperatures we are experiencing.”
The city also encourages customers that are in the areas that will experience a sustained outage to take necessary measures if they have impending medical needs.
For additional information or questions please contact the city’s communication office at 864.200.4503.
Superintendent Dr. David O'Shields said in an Emergency Preparedness meeting Wednesday, officials were told temperatures are dropping rapidly. Temperatures will not get above freezing until 10:30 am on Thursday, and buses need to hit the road by 8, if there were going to be a delayed school day.
District 55, Laurens, along with Laurens Academy and Piedmont Tech closed on Thursday. Laurens County and SC state government offices will open at noon, as will the Laurens County Water & Sewer Commission office (Hwy 221, Laurens). The Clinton Y is closed on Thursday; the Laurens Y opened at 10 am.
The City of Clinton Municipal Center was scheduled to open at 10 am and closed at 3 pm Wednesday; if the weather worsens, a determination will be made about closing for the day. Emergency personnel will remain on duty regardless of that decision.
Laurens County Government offices are closed, and the Laurens County Water & Sewer Commission office, in Laurens, is closed. Piedmont Technical College and USC-Union are closed. Laurens Academy is closed, as is Laurens County Head Start - Presbyterian College will open at 10 am and will monitor to see if classes will be cancelled.
The National Weather Service puts Laurens County in the 2" - 4" of snow region, based on a storm moving east out of Texas. Schools in Greenville, Spartanburg, Greenwood, Newberry and Union also are closed. Snow is expected to stop around noon today, but the Wednesday night low is anticipated at 19 degrees, so re-freezing of moisture on roads could occur into Thursday morning. Black ice is especially dangerous in situations like this.
Gov. Henry McMaster has postponed the State of the State address, and an emergency declaration has been made for metro Atlanta.
By Sunday, the high temperature is expected to be 64 degrees.