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Emergency responders helping Sumter residents impacted by power outages

Sumter Police Department's Lead Cpl. Travis Haynes has a chat with Virginia Green, 103, at her home Thursday morning. (Source: Sumter Police Department) Sumter Police Department's Lead Cpl. Travis Haynes has a chat with Virginia Green, 103, at her home Thursday morning. (Source: Sumter Police Department)
SUMTER, SC (WIS) -

Police officers and fire crews have been out over the past two days making sure Sumter residents are safe after nearly 16,000 residents are waiting for their power to be restored.

"Although this as an opportunity for many residents to enjoy some time at home with their families, it's a peak time for law enforcement and first responders to make sure that time is spent safely," Sumter Police Chief Russell F. Roark said. "In addition to the dangers associated with snow and ice, there are those who could use the weather as an opportunity for criminal activity. An increased presence of police patrols in neighborhoods and around businesses, will help discourage that."

As part of the department's efforts, Police made checks of more than 20 seniors and shut-in residents Thursday morning and will continue to do so.

The traffic division responded to four wrecks, which included a hit and run accident, and 22 disabled vehicles since 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Police continue to urge motorists to use caution when approaching intersections with out working stop lights. Treat it as a four-way stop and look in all directions before proceeding. The first person entering the intersection has the right of way, but don't assume other drivers will stop, officers advise.

Communications Center dispatchers have been inundated with calls, many related to power outages throughout the county. The Law Enforcement Center has remained open to the public in need of police assistance.

Residents can also call the Police Department at (803) 436-2700. Please restrict emergency only calls to 911.

However, calls related to power outages will be passed along to area utilities.

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