Dorchester, Berkeley sustain Dorian damage; closures to continue into Friday

Power lines and tree down on Pinehurst Avenue in Summerville on Thursday

Hurricane Dorian left power outages, downed trees, flooding and other debris in its wake as it passed through the Lowcountry Sept. 4 and 5.

Crews wasted no time working to restore power in various places across Dorchester and Berkeley counties, getting power to the majority of customers withing days.

Dorchester County

Since crews had to remove debris on roadways, restore power and commence damage assessments into Sept. 5, schools and county buildings remained closed through last week.

That includes all Dorchester County offices and courts, Dorchester School Districts Two and Four, Dorchester County Career and Technology Center and the Dorchester County Library.

Dorchester, Berkeley sustain Dorian damage; closures to continue into Friday

Fallen trees across the county damaged fences and

structures, although reported damage was minor in most areas

Currently there are 85 people and 17 pets at the shelter opened at DuBose Middle School.

For up-to-date road closures visit DorchesterCountySC.gov/Dorian. To report closures, call the county’s Citizens Call Center at (843) 832-0393 or (843) 563-0393.

As of noon on Sept. 5, the following power outages had been reported across Dorchester County:

  • Dominion Energy: 27,375
  • Berkeley Electric: 4,404
  • Edisto Electric: 3,119

Berkeley County

Berkeley County Government Offices remained Sept. 5 but some services were available.

Berkeley County Landfill & Convenience Centers: Berkeley County landfill and convenience centers will be open normal hours on Friday.

  • Landfill: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Convenience Centers: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Berkeley County Libraries reopen on Sept. 7 after assessed for damages, as did the The Berkeley County Animal Center.

Dorchester, Berkeley sustain Dorian damage; closures to continue into Friday

Berkeley County crews were out earlier on Thursday assessing damages.

As of 9 a.m. on Thursday, the following outages had been reported across Berkeley County:

  • Dominion Energy: 5,370
  • Berkeley Electric: 18,673
  • Santee Cooper: 22

Cypress Gardens reopened Saturday after only minor damage.

Berkeley County officials are continuing to monitor Dorian and damage assessments.

Residents are encouraged to report damage at the county website, /www.berkeleycountysc.gov. HERE. This tool will help Berkeley County staff gauge the extent of damage in the County and report the findings to state and federal officials. These reports will determine appropriate federal and state funding for damage caused by the storm.

Dorchester, Berkeley sustain Dorian damage; closures to continue into Friday

On Thursday afternoon, police remove a traffic light that crashed to the ground at West View Bulevard and Highway 176.