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Police to evacuees: Be patient, don’t try to re-enter Beaufort County yet

Evacuees attempting to re-enter Beaufort County were stopped Saturday at traffic control point on U.S. 278 in Bluffton
Evacuees attempting to re-enter Beaufort County were stopped Saturday at traffic control point on U.S. 278 in Bluffton Submitted photo

Local law enforcement agencies are urging patience for Beaufort County residents anxious to return home after Hurricane Matthew.

Roadways into the county are closed until Gov. Nikki Haley and local governments give the OK to begin allowing residents through.

That didn’t stop people from trying, however.

“Obviously there are a lot of people trying to get back into the county,” Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Bob Bromage said Saturday evening. “They need to wait for further instruction.”

S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said troopers “had a few calls and our officers went out” to a traffic control point on U.S. 278 near Argent Boulevard in greater Bluffton, but rumors of miles-long backups in the area are “blown out of proportion.”

“We understand people’s frustration,” he said, but if county residents are trying to re-enter before the governor’s order, “they need to turn around, and wait, and be patient.”

Bromage said, “Until the roads are safe and the infrastructure in place and checked, we aren't letting people in.”

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