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Will snakes be in the flooded waterways after Hurricane Florence?

The Sun News logoThe Sun News 9/13/2018 By Tyler Fleming, The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Several species of snakes, including the copperhead, shown here, may be displaced into flooded waterways in the wake of Hurricane Florence. © Dreamstime Several species of snakes, including the copperhead, shown here, may be displaced into flooded waterways in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Snakes are not the biggest threat during Hurricane Florence, but they will be out there.

Thad Bowman with Alligator Adventure said that the flooding following Florence will stem from snake habitats along water ways. This could potentially dislocate them into the flood waters.

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He said people should not be out during the storm, but if you are bit by a snake, get to a hospital as soon as possible. While many area hospitals are closed ahead of the storm, Conway Medical Center is still open.

There is little you can do on your own to survive a snake bite, so getting to a hospital is important.

A snake bite is an emergency worth causing 911 during a storm. If you're not dying or in an emergency, Horry County is asking that you do not call 911.

Horry County is home to many dangerous snakes, most commonly the cottonmouth and the copperhead snake. These bites are treatable by medical professionals, and people bit should seek help as soon as possibly.

"They inject venom, which causes tissue destruction, platelet loss, causes bleeding, it can cause death," Gerald O'Malley with Grand Strand Hospital said back in July.

An easy way to avoid snakes? Stay indoors until it is deemed safe by public safety officials.

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