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Power restoration and debris clean up continue

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Carlson, 1221st Engineer, South Carolina Army National Guard, saws through a downed tree on an intersection in Aiken, S.C., Feb. 15, 2014.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released) U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Carlson, 1221st Engineer, South Carolina Army National Guard, saws through a downed tree on an intersection in Aiken, S.C., Feb. 15, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Counties are transitioning to debris removal and damage assessment operations after nearly 350,000 customers lost power throughout the state last week.

Restoration of power, debris management, disaster-related information and damage assessment continue to be the primary focus of emergency managers throughout South Carolina, said Derrec Becker with South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

Officials are reporting 80,769 power outages statewide as of Sunday morning, which is down from 346,000 outages reported at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Becker said.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division officials said they estimate there are hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of debris statewide, based on reports by county emergency managers.

There are eight general population shelters and warming centers housing 88 residents, Becker said. 

Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Southern Baptist Convention continue to support feeding operations in Georgetown and Berkeley Counties.

Four DHEC special medical needs shelters currently operating with 18 occupants and National Guard soldiers continue to help with debris clearing in Aiken.

A FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) has joined the State Emergency Response Team at the S.C. Emergency Operations Center to assist in the processing of Federal requests for assistance; today begins the first operational period under a joint incident action plan, Becker said.

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