Hurricane Joaquin, Other Systems Cause Flooding in South Carolina

Most of her neighbors have left because responders told everyone they’d have a hard time getting into the neighborhood if they needed help.


The team is being deployed for seven days to assist in the rescue of stranded and injured people.

“That’s why we keep telling people to stay off the roads”, Haley told a news conference.

Mobile users, tap here to see flooding photos from across South Carolina.

[Previous story, posted at 2:07 p.m. ET]. Authorities said on Sunday that more than 200 swift water rescues have been reported across the state.

The rainfall in Columbia on Sunday was “unprecedented”, Thom Berry a spokesman for the emergency management division, said in an interview.

Certain areas of South Carolina had never before been deluged with such eye-popping rainfall tallies: more than 24 inches in Mount Pleasant, almost 20 inches in areas around Charleston and more than 18 inches in the Gills Creek area of Columbia, according to Ward.

According to the National Weather Service, 6 inches fell in downtown South Carolina on Saturday.

President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina on Saturday, making federal funds available.

The situation is so extreme that the helpers are in need of help as well. Georgetown, population 9,000, was mostly under water, and the four major highways leading into it were closed.

Several fires have been reported, the release said, because water has seeped into electrical circuits.

Officials with the South Carolina capital city of Columbia say many residents are without drinking water because of water main breaks from the flooding. The deaths were blamed on the weather.

A vehicle drives on flooded Broadway Street in Crisfield, Md., on the Chesapeake Bay, early Sunday, October 4, 2015.

The downtown Charleston peninsula, which includes the city’s historic district, has been reopened on a limited basis for residents and business owners after it was closed to incoming traffic Saturday.

She also warned it wasn’t over yet as rain kept falling into the night around the Carolinas.

The mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, says the flooding that hit the picturesque southern city over the past few days is the worst he has ever seen – even worse that the crippling inundations from Hurricane Hugo.

Flood warnings also were issued for three Virginia counties. And it comes from two sources.

“The threat for widespread, catastrophic flooding will continue across parts of the southeast through the remainder of the weekend, as tropical moisture feeding into an area of low pressure produces moderate to heavy rainfall across the region”, it said.

“We started 48 hours ago to prepare for Joaquin“.

Aissen explained that a combination of factors, including a high-pressure system behind the system, are helping push Joaquin away from the US coast.

McCrory expressed appreciation for how Joaquin didn’t slam into the eastern seaboard as earlier feared. And they are triggering more dangers than just rain. “If you are in your house, stay in your house”, Haley said. Wind gusts could reach 30 miles per hour and could topple trees.


A worker with the South Carolina Department of Transpiration working along a flooded road in Columbia is missing. The Northeast could see two inches.

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