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The Columbia County Emergency Management Office was letting nobody in or out of the park until further notice and warned all morning that emergency vehicles, including police, fire and ambulances, would not be able to reach any residents who stayed behind.

Kathy Johnson, deputy director of the Columbia County Emergency Management Office, told the Associated Press that in the event of an emergency, “people are going to have to come out by boat.”

She said those who evacuated might be out of their homes for up to a week.

From wire dispatches and staff reports