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Whitmire, South Carolina, Forced To Change All The Street Addresses

09/19/2013 05:06 pm ET

Sharon Ammons has lived in Whitmire, S.C., for 67 years, but her life is about to change forever -- and so is her address.

She's not alone. Everyone who lives in the small southern town of 1,141 is getting a new address for their home. The measure is supposed to help first responders find their way to the right home if there's an emergency.

Ammons doesn't see the point to the change.

"I don't see where it's going to help us, because we're all familiar with the streets," Ammons told WYFF-TV.

But getting around Whitmire isn't easy for EMTs coming from Newberry, the nearest town with full-time responding emergency services. Whitmire only has volunteer services.

"There are four separate streets called 'Railroad Ave.,' but they're not connected to each other," Taylor told The Huffington Post. "There are two different streets called 'Sims.' People don't understand that the first responders don't know every street name."

The Whitmire Town Council voted to change the street names as part of an enhanced 911 addressing system that is paid for through a grant awarded to the Newberry County Sheriffs Department.

The new addresses go into effect Oct. 16, according to the Newberry Observer, which noted that the post office will deliver mail to the old addresses for another 12 months.

Some street names may be new, but Taylor thinks it will be a while before locals adjust.

"I think people will still use the old ones," she said. "We've had a lot of complaints because people don't like change."

Count Ammons as one of the naysayers. She griped to WYFF that she already spent more than eight hours on the phone alerting everyone to her new address, only to realize she had a few weeks before the change actually happened.

"We're really having a problem," she said.

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