Fatalities from South Carolina’s historic flooding on the rise

“She came out the window”, said the Kershaw County coroner, David West. “How she got on top of the auto and stayed there like she did with that water – there’s a good Lord”.


A lot of rain fell during those two days.

While much of Columbia has been crippled by historic flooding, the sprawling University of South Carolina has not been hit almost as hard. “They have done a fantastic job at helping those who were displaced from homes by providing them with a place to sleep, meals and clean water”, Hawley said. “Our teams are working nonstop to get ahead of what is coming”.

Columbia residents have had to boil water after dam breaks. On Saturday, Guardsmen delivered more than 14,000 sandbags to numerous locations throughout areas affected by flooding.

Watts did not say how Pringle died.

As of Tuesday evening, less than 10 people were still reported missing.

“Once this dam is complete, we will be able to assess the actual damage and start the repairs to the dike itself”, said Joey Jaco, the city’s public works director. The 2009 National Climate Assessment said that by mid-century a few parts of the U.S. could experience two or more days of rainfall per year that exceed local records. “This could be any amount of dollars”.

“This is not over”, Haley said on Monday. She pointed everyone to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division website for people who want to volunteer and donate.

But you’re unlikely to hear this extreme weather event mentioned much in the context of North Carolina’s southern neighbor. And it ended up costing his auto. Of those calls, 1,843 were for traffic collisions, she said.

Schools were still closed in Columbia, along with most government offices and shops.

“God smiled on South Carolina, because the sun is out”, Haley said at a news conference this morning. Every bridge but one across the Catawba was washed out; Lake Wylie dam was destroyed, and all rail, telephone, and telegraph connections were severed.

Richland County Sheriff’s Lt. Curtis Wilson says it’s not clear where the incorrect information originated. Republican presidential candidate and South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham pushed for emergency funding for his state on the Senate floor Monday night, and he also went on CNN Monday to make a case for funding, where Wolf Blitzer challenged him for voting against a funding package for Hurricane Sandy relief.

One of the biggest uses for the measurement is to help determine the danger of flooding for insurance purposes and to help those who respond to disasters.

On Monday, the mayor of Columbia, Steve Benjamin, tweeted: “Our recovery will not be quick or easy”.

North Charleston, South Carolina, experienced historic rainfall this past weekend, prompting evacuations of residential homes and several road closures. Stored water supplies and continuous water shuttling from firefighters allowed the hospitals to remain open.

The man’s name hasn’t been released.

A map of the road and highway closures in South Carolina. That figure included about 6,000 outages among the state’s electric cooperatives, and their updated figures had not yet been released Tuesday morning.

A 90-mile stretch of Interstate 95 is still closed between Interstates 20 and 26 due to flooding and overall poor road conditions. Many of those were in the Columbia area.

Authorities are warning residents that more evacuations are possible. South Carolina is still str…

(MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images) People watch as the flood inches toward their door outside of Conway, S.C., Sunday.

The water was still rising when they got to first shelter, so they moved on.


About 7 p.m. Tuesday evening the river’s level was recorded by the weather service at about 19.73 feet, with waters projected to recede throughout the remainder of this week.

Residents look down Mayfield St. as the Ashley river floodwaters rise in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville S.C. Tuesday Oct. 6 2015. Residents are concerned that the Ashley river will continue to rise as floodwaters come down from Columbia