BREAKING UPDATES: South Carolina Deadly Flood Waters – Dam Breaches – Forced Evacuations – Fatalities
This weekend’s horrific flooding is responsible for at least nine lives, five from drowning and four from traffic accidents. Seven of those deaths occurred in the hardest hit state of South Carolina, including one death of a SCDOT worker. According to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina is in damage assessment and recovery mode.
Areas in South Carolina are reporting over 24 inches of rain in the past 120 hours. Boone Hall, SC received an impressive 24.23 inches of rainfall. Officials are referring to this as a 1,000 year flood. This means that a flood event of this magnitude has a 1 in 1000 chance of occurring in any given year.
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As of Monday afternoon, South Carolina Department of Transportation reported 393 road closure and 165 bridge closures. Roads and bridges in downstream locations will be closed in preperation of rising waters.
The rain is beginning to taper off but runoff is going to be a problem for. days. Approximately, 40,00 people are without running water. The City of Columbia Water Works advises all of its water customers to vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute prior to drinking or cooking.
There are 1300 National Guardsmen deployed with 7,000 more on standby. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources worked with National Guard to perform over 200 water rescues between Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. 25 Rescue Centers have been opened and are currently assisting over 900 citizens. South Carolina Emergency Management urges everyone to remain where they are and stay inside.