City of Aiken is ready for whatever Florence brings

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) - Towns and cities in Florence's path are continuing their preparations for the storm. Aiken is no exception.

"Our staff has gone into storm preparation mode," Aiken City Manager Stuart Bedenbaugh told NewsChannel 6's Shawn Cabbagestalk.

"Due to the sustained winds, there could be power outages," he added. 

Bedenbaugh says the city of Aiken is ready. With each department making preparations for the storm. 

"Our utilities has inspected all of our water plant and sewer lift stations to make sure generators are fully functional. Our public safety has stagged some barricades in place in portions of our city that is prone to flooding," Bedenbaugh said.

Crews are on hand should down trees be an issue. "Our public services division have staff on call," Bedenbaugh shared.

Whatever the City needs to get back on track is available. "Everything from generators, to heavy machinery that's capable of moving earth, should that be necessary," he stated.

Officials are giving out the same advice, to you, when dealing with water on roads. "Avoid streets with standing water," Bedenbaugh said.

He's hoping by Monday to get a clear picture of the damage. "Those effects should be through Sunday night and then we'll have a clear idea of the extent of any effects from the hurricane at that point into Monday"

Officials ask you to call 211 or the Public Safety Department if you have a question, comment, or concern.

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