DHEC in the News: Flu, Surfside Beach pier, discharge into Saluda River ended
Here's a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The death toll this flu season continues to grow in South Carolina. 16 more people have died in the state within the last week.
Flu activity continued to decline in the last week, but experts at both the federal and state health agencies said influenza is still considered widespread. There were 6,332 influenza cases reported in the state in all, less than half that of the previous week, according to a report from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The pier will be going back up in Surfside Beach, pending some official paperwork. Interim administrator Jim Duckett said Tuesday the town is anticipating $9.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) money to build a concrete pier. The town's wooden pier was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Mayor Bob Childs predicted it would be back up in late 2019 at the earliest.
A yearslong fight to eliminate discharges from the former Carolina Water Service wastewater treatment facility near I-20 into the lower Saluda River came to a close Wednesday as the Town of Lexington, which now owns the plant, officially ended the discharge. Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall and Congaree Riverkeeper Bill Stangler confirmed to Free Times Wednesday afternoon that the discharge has ended. Wastewater from that facility is now being pumped to a regional wastewater treatment facility in Cayce.