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Karen Kissiah kkissiah@civitasmedia.com



Karen Kissiah | Cheraw ChronicleCrocus flowers could be found in bloom this week, long before the snow melted. These delicate flowers remind us spring is just a few weeks away.
Karen Kissiah | Cheraw ChronicleCrocus flowers could be found in bloom this week, long before the snow melted. These delicate flowers remind us spring is just a few weeks away.
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Snow was still on the ground as temperatures rose to nearly 70 degrees this week, a far cry from the snow and ice that fell over the course of three days last week.


Considering the damage from ice that many areas of the state suffered, Chesterfield County was lucky. Most of what fell in Chesterfield County was snow in the beginning. By the time it turned to ice, many local workers and motorists had taken the forecast seriously and gotten off the roads.


Public school students were sent home before noon last Tuesday and schools remained closed for the rest of the week.


While some traffic continued to move in town, travel in rural areas was extremely difficult. In fact, the Teals Mill Bridge was officially closed for three days.


Damage from ice across some of the coastal counties, and the mid-lands, was extensive enough that Gov. Nikki Haley compared the devastation to the effects of Hurricane Hugo and requested President Barack Obama to declare South Carolina a state of emergency.


So far, the toll of the winter storm has been estimated at $15 million across the state.


To top things off for South Carolina, a 4.1 magnitude earthquake, with the epicenter just outside Ridgeville, was felt Friday night as far as Charlotte and Atlanta.


— Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261.


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