A Long Recovery Ahead for the Carolinas – Governor Haley: ‘Stay Home’
The rain may have stopped, but the danger is not over. In a press conference on Tuesday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said more evacuations from the flooding are expected as the waters continue to rise. The counties of Florence, Richland, Marlborough, and Georgetown are being watched the closest for potential evacuations. Some rivers could crest in another two weeks. Already, more than 800 people are staying in open shelters statewide. The governor’s office was happy to report there is no shortage of food, water, or blankets for the shelter.
As of Tuesday afternoon, a total of nine dams have either breached or failed in South Carolina. One failed dam in Richland County forced evacuations for the residents of Overcreek. Richland County will have another curfew from 7 p.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday. Some of the breaches were conducted by officials as controlled to prevent a more catastrophic incident.
The death toll rose to 15 as of Tuesday afternoon. In the Carolinas’, nine people drowned and six died in traffic accidents. In North Carolina, two deaths were reported from traffic accidents. A total of 2,200 National Guardsmen were deployed and 175 water rescues were reported. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of South Carolina, ordering federal aid to supplement recovery efforts.
Roads are starting to reopen but more than 480 roads and bridges are still closed Tuesday. The South Carolina Department of Transportation has 1,400 maintenance members and 200 engineers checking all the roads and bridges, from top to bottom. Utilities should be back up Tuesday into Wednesday.
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