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Boating suspended on additional areas of Waccamaw, Sampit, Great Pee Dee and Black rivers September 25, 2018

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has enacted a second "Vessel Exclusion Zone" to deal with floodwaters from Hurricane Florence.

SCDNR has established a temporary safety zone on all waters of the Waccamaw River along the Intracoastal Waterway from Winyah Bay to the Little River Swing Bridge (Intracoastal Waterway statute mile marker 415 to 345), all waters of the Sampit River, all waters of the Great Pee Dee River from Winyah Bay northward to Pee Dee Wildlife Management Area, and all waters of the Black River from its junction with the Great Pee Dee northward to the US Highway 701 Bridge. State and federal authorities have determined that potential hazards associated with and resulting from high waters of the Waccamaw River and Great Pee Dee River are present in the area.

The Vessel Exclusion Zone is effective Sept. 24 through Oct. 19, or until all waters recede and conditions allow for safe navigation, whichever occurs first. The safety zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels and the marine environment while the Waccamaw and Great Pee Dee rivers experience high-water conditions. Until rescinded, no vessel or person will be permitted to enter the Vessel Exclusion Zone.

Both Vessel Exclusion Zone regulations were signed by SCDNR Director Alvin Taylor Sept. 24. The first safety zone is on the waters of the Waccamaw River in the vicinity of the Santee-Cooper Generating Station in Conway.


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