Town Hall will be closed tomorrow, January 21 because of the winter storm
County Urges Safety Ahead of Possible Winter Storm; Offices Closed Friday
Thursday, January 20, 2022
A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of the Midlands of South Carolina from 1 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21 to 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Precipitation will range from freezing drizzle to sleet to very light, freezing rain, with a potential for light snow Friday evening, according to Ken Aucoin, the County’s emergency planner and chief meteorologist. Travel could become hazardous Friday morning as a light glaze of ice develops.
Because of the potential for poor road and parking lot conditions, Richland County Government offices will be closed Friday. In addition, the County’s Clemson Road Drop-off Recycling Site, Lower Richland Drop-off Center and C&D Landfill will be closed Friday and Saturday.
While offices are closed, residents are encouraged to access services on the County’s website: www.richlandcountysc.gov.
Richland County consulted with neighboring entities including the City of Columbia, the University of South Carolina, Richland School Districts One and Two and Lexington-Richland School District Five in making the decision to close for the day.
“We agreed that the health and safety of our residents is paramount when facing potential hazardous weather conditions,” County Administrator Leonardo Brown said. It is the County’s hope that residents stay safe and exercise caution when traveling on Friday and early Saturday.
Drivers should anticipate hazardous travel, mainly on bridges, overpasses and secondary roads. Ice accumulation could damage tree branches, causing them to fall and possibly leading to downed power lines and power outages. In preparation, the County’s Public Works Department today will pretreat roads deemed critical to aid with melting ice. These include but are not limited to:
- Northeast Richland: Summit Parkway, Longreen Parkway, Carlton Drive
- Lower Richland: Chain Gang Road, Goodwin Way, Hickory Ridge Drive
- Irmo/Ballentine: Kennerly Road, Shady Grove Road
Parking lots and driveways for Richland County fire stations and Sheriff’s Department stations are also considered critical and are being pretreated.
In the event of a winter storm, Public Works staff will be on call to help with storm-related maintenance and added de-icing and will assist the S.C. Department of Transportation as needed.
Stay Safe, Be Prepared