3.4M chickens, 5,500 hogs dead in Florence flood

21 September, 2018, 08:55 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • More miles of I-95 in SC closed due to flooding | The Herald Sun

A Horry County Sheriff's Office van was swept away in flood waters Tuesday night near Nichols resulting in two female mental health patients drowning in the Little Pee Dee River, according to officials.

Responders congregate on September 19, 2018, near where two people drowned Tuesday evening when they were trapped in a Horry County Sheriff transport van while crossing an overtopped bridge over the Little Pee Dee River, in Marion County, S.C.

Both deputies "attempted to extricate the persons being transported", the news release said.

Thompson said he wasn't sure what prevented the deputies from opening the van's rear door to save the women.

Rescue teams were able to get to the deputies, authorities said.

The Marion County Coroner has confirmed the deaths of both detainees, who have not been identified.

In a release, Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said his office would cooperate with the probe.

"We want answers", Green's sister, Donnela Green-Johnson, said in a Facebook post. "We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event". That effort resumed Wednesday morning, but Thompson said a specialized crew was being flown in from Charleston to assist.


The van was carrying the detainees to a different facility in Darlington, South Carolina when it was overtaken by flood waters on Tuesday.

Sheriff's deputies at the scene where two women died while being transported in a police van in SC. This incident is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

When it comes to the deputies who assist in transport, Thompson said that they have gone through extensive intense training.

Just hours before closing the road, officials with the S.C. Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) had announced the reopening of the vital east coast thoroughfare - which experienced severe flooding in low-lying areas between mile markers 181 and 190 in Dillon County, S.C. earlier this week.

The SCDOT added the driver of the vehicle had to go around a barrier to get stuck where they were. They were going down Highway 76 when the floodwaters began to rise near the Little Pee Dee River, which is a branch of the Lumber River.

The river stands at more than 14 feet and is expected to reach 15.6 feet by Thursday night.

According to the Marion County Coroner, the deceased individuals are Windy Newton, 45, of Shallotte, NC and Nicolette Green, 43, of Myrtle Beach.

We are now working with the SCDNR to recover the vehicle. "Why did the Deputies drive through flooded waters?" Thompson says Deputies Joshua Bishop and Stephen Flood have been placed on leave during an internal and state police investigation.

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