MATTHEW UPDATE: Pinewood students returning Friday; roads, power outages clearing

manchesterStudents and teachers at Manchester Elementary School in Pinewood will return to school Friday, as local public safety and education agencies are closing in on finishing Sumter County’s recovery from Hurricane Matthew.

The last school in the Sumter School District to have its power restored came online Thursday, along with most of the homes in Pinewood, many of whom had gone nearly a week without power.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, Duke Energy reported less than 700 customers remained without power in Sumter County, while Black River Electric Cooperative had less than 900 customers throughout its four-county system still experiencing outages.  An updates power outage map for Duke Energy can be found here.

According to Shelly Galloway, spokesperson for the Sumter School District, it has yet to be determined whether or not students will have to make up for school days missed because of the storm.

Less than 10 roads in Sumter County were still blocked Thursday afternoon because of downed power lines on trees because of Hurricane Matthew, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, down from about two dozen the day before.  An up-to-date list of impacted roads can be found here.

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