$10,000 for flood relief


Lockhart Power makes donation to American Red Cross

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Courtesy photo Lockhart Power Company has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross of Central South Carolina to aid in the flood relief efforts in the Midlands and other areas of the state. Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times While they other basic necessities are being collected for flood victims in Columbia and other parts of the state, bottled water remains a major priority. The Union County Sheriff’s Office is collecting bottled water and other necessities this morning from 8 a.m.-noon in the parking lot next to Hardee’s.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Personnel with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers make care packages Thursday morning for distribution to flood victims in communities in the Midlands such as Columbia. The sheriff’s office is collecting bottled water and other necessities for transport to the areas of the state affected by flooding caused by the storms this past weekend.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The care packages made for distribution to flood victims in Columbia and other areas of the state include a tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush, a bar of soap, a wash cloth, sanitizer, a razor blade, a pair of socks, deodorant, tissues, and a pack of gum. The collection of these and other basic necessities continues this morning from 8 a.m.-noon in the parking next to Hardee’s.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times While they other basic necessities are being collected for flood victims in Columbia and other parts of the state, bottled water remains a major priority. The Union County Sheriff's Office is collecting bottled water and other necessities this morning from 8 a.m.-noon in the parking lot next to Hardee's.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — The effort to aid the victims this past weekend’s floods continues in Union County with cases bottled water, care packages filled with some basic necessities and a $10,000 donation.

The convergence of a continental low over the eastern United States and Hurricane Joaquin over the Atlantic Ocean produced a storm system that inundated South Carolina with massive amounts of rain this past weekend. The heavy rainfall caused flooding in South Carolina, especially in the Coastal and Midlands areas of the state, blocking roads, causing power outages and disrupting vital services such as running water, and forcing people from their homes.

While the storm system dropped as much as eight inches of rain on part of the county, Union County, along with much of the rest of the Upstate, was largely spared the catastrophic damage experienced in the Midlands and Coastal areas of the state. As a result, many local individuals, churches, and businesses have been able to respond with donations of bottled water and other basic necessities as well as monetary donations.

Lockhart Power

The monetary donations include $10,000 donated by the Lockhart Power Company to the American Red Cross of Central South Carolina to aid in the flood relief efforts in the Midlands area and across the state.

In a statement released Wednesday, company officials pointed out that, in addition to several renewable energy generating plants in the Upstate, Lockhart Power also manages and operates the Columbia Canal Hydroelectric Project on the Broad River, on behalf of the City of Columbia.

“Lockhart Power is a family-owned business, and our hope is that we can help support the many families that have been affected by these devastating floods throughout out state,” said Bryan Stone, chief operating officer of Lockhart Power. “A number of our associates who live in and around Lockhart and other small towns in this area are already donating through their local churches and other charitable organizations to help the families in Columbia who desperately need it. In addition, we’ve worked side-by-side with city and other governmental and utility employees, and we’re inspired by their dedication to the Midlands communities.”

The press release states that Lockhart Power, which is owned by Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, strives to be a good corporate citizen by supporting the communities it serves as well as by protecting the environment.

It further states that anyone wanting to donate to the relief efforts should visit www.redcross.org/SC

Lockhart Power Company is an investor-owned public utility servicing the Upstate of South Carolina since 1912, with 99 percent of its power generated from renewable sources. Lockhart Power provides reliable and cost-effective electric service to its retail and wholesale customers, while also providing renewable energy to the City of Columbia and Duke Energy Carolinas.

Union County Sheriff’s Office

The catastrophic flooding the disruption of basic services it has causes in the Midlands and Coastal areas of the state, prompted SLED Chief Mark Keel in Columbia to contact county sheriffs in the Upstate about the desperate need for bottled water there and elsewhere and ask for their assistance in getting it to the people in the affected areas.

In response to Hill’s request, Union County Sheriff David Taylor, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright, Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Casteen and Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller organized collection efforts in their respective counties. The collection effort in Union County got under way at 8 a.m. Tuesday when the sheriff’s office set up a collection point in the parking lot next to Hardee’s. For more than four hours deputies and other personnel from the sheriff’s office along with volunteers collected and loaded more than 2,000 cases of donated bottled water on trailers, pickup trucks, even the Union Emergency Services Mobile Command Unit. They also collected some other donated items as well as monetary donations.

All the bottled water and other donated items were then transported by sheriff’s office personnel and the volunteers, first to Columbia where 40,000 homes were still without running water. After dropping off part of the donated items at various locations around Columbia, the sheriff’s office personnel and volunteers then took the remainder of the items to Sumter County, some parts of which had been without running water since Saturday.

The collection efforts continued Wednesday and Thursday and are scheduled to continue today from 8 a.m.-noon.

While bottled water remains a priority, the collection effort has expanded to include other basic necessities needed by the flood victims. Those items include:

• Food items such as cereal, peanut butter, canned food, mustard, ketchup, macaroni and cheese, juice, coffee, and soft drinks.

• Personal care/hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant diapers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, baby wipes, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, q-tips, shaving cream, and razors.

• Household items such as paper towels, trash bags, disinfecting wipes, and household cleaning supplies.

• Pet care items including dog food, cat food, and kitty litter.

• Adult and children’s clothing, children’s shoes, blankets, comforters, and socks.

On Thursday, sheriff’s office personnel and volunteers were making care packages of some of the basic necessities collected. The care packages, which will make for easier distribution, include a tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush, a bar of soap, a wash cloth, sanitizer, a razor blade, a pair of socks, deodorant, tissues, and a pack of gum.

For more information about the collection drive call the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 864-429-1612.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Courtesy photo Lockhart Power Company has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross of Central South Carolina to aid in the flood relief efforts in the Midlands and other areas of the state. Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times While they other basic necessities are being collected for flood victims in Columbia and other parts of the state, bottled water remains a major priority. The Union County Sheriff’s Office is collecting bottled water and other necessities this morning from 8 a.m.-noon in the parking lot next to Hardee’s.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Lockhart-Power-Logo.jpgCourtesy photo Lockhart Power Company has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross of Central South Carolina to aid in the flood relief efforts in the Midlands and other areas of the state. Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times While they other basic necessities are being collected for flood victims in Columbia and other parts of the state, bottled water remains a major priority. The Union County Sheriff’s Office is collecting bottled water and other necessities this morning from 8 a.m.-noon in the parking lot next to Hardee’s.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Personnel with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers make care packages Thursday morning for distribution to flood victims in communities in the Midlands such as Columbia. The sheriff’s office is collecting bottled water and other necessities for transport to the areas of the state affected by flooding caused by the storms this past weekend.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Relief-3.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Personnel with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers make care packages Thursday morning for distribution to flood victims in communities in the Midlands such as Columbia. The sheriff’s office is collecting bottled water and other necessities for transport to the areas of the state affected by flooding caused by the storms this past weekend.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The care packages made for distribution to flood victims in Columbia and other areas of the state include a tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush, a bar of soap, a wash cloth, sanitizer, a razor blade, a pair of socks, deodorant, tissues, and a pack of gum. The collection of these and other basic necessities continues this morning from 8 a.m.-noon in the parking next to Hardee’s.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Relief-2.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times The care packages made for distribution to flood victims in Columbia and other areas of the state include a tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush, a bar of soap, a wash cloth, sanitizer, a razor blade, a pair of socks, deodorant, tissues, and a pack of gum. The collection of these and other basic necessities continues this morning from 8 a.m.-noon in the parking next to Hardee’s.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
While they other basic necessities are being collected for flood victims in Columbia and other parts of the state, bottled water remains a major priority. The Union County Sheriff’s Office is collecting bottled water and other necessities this morning from 8 a.m.-noon in the parking lot next to Hardee’s.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Relief-4.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
While they other basic necessities are being collected for flood victims in Columbia and other parts of the state, bottled water remains a major priority. The Union County Sheriff’s Office is collecting bottled water and other necessities this morning from 8 a.m.-noon in the parking lot next to Hardee’s.
Lockhart Power makes donation to American Red Cross

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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