Sheriff: sightseers force issue of curfew in Clarendon Co.

Published: Oct. 4, 2015 at 2:58 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2015 at 3:09 PM EDT
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CLARENDON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Clarendon County Sheriff says too many people are out on the roads who shouldn't be during this critical flooding situation. So the county has issued a curfew.

"We got a lot of people who are coming out, going sightseeing," Sheriff Randy Garrett told WIS. "They're getting stranded in the water."

Garrett said emergency crews are busy working on a massive evacuation, and calls for rescues of people caught in floodwaters who shouldn't be out are pulling emergency personnel from higher priority emergencies.

"Please stay home," Garrett said to curious people who may want to out and see flooding. "You're creating a problem for people who need us more."

The curfew is in effect from 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. countywide. Earlier Sunday morning the South Carolina Emergency Management Division warned people to stay off the roads.

"If you're caught out sightseeing you're going to spend a night at the Sheriff's Office, I can guarantee you," he said.

Garrett added some humor to the situation, saying the Sheriff's Department will provide a movie and popcorn to people who spend the night in his lockup for violating curfew.

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