South Carolina Faces Tragic Flooding
COLUMBIA- Since last Sunday, South Carolina is experiencing a catastrophic flooding. As Governor Nikki Haley described, it is the “worst rains in 1000 years.”
According to Gov. Haley, residents should stay off the roads because the condition is definitely disastrous and it is “changing by the minute”. The roads are flooding and rivers are at their highest levels and it is the worst recorded level after several decades.
The National Weather Service released a statement saying that an area downtown Columbia which is the capital of South Carolina experiencing nearly 17 inches of rain in 17 hours and is still raining at the moment the stamen was released.
Gov. Nikki Haley said, “We’re in the middle of it. We’ve still got easily another 24 hours that you should be extremely careful. We’ve got more rainfall that’s expected.”
Residents of South Carolina are advised by the officials not to go out or driving anytime while the rain is still heavy citing the dangers like broken power lines as well as water borne bacteria.
Haley added, “This is different than a hurricane because it is water, it is slow moving and it is sitting, we can’t just move the water out.”
As per record of South Carolina Emergency Management Division, there were six weather-related casualties in South Carolina and one in North Carolina bringing the total of seven casualties in two states as of Monday.
Also, the South Carolina Department of Transportation released a statement announcing the death of its one worker due to the flood in Columbia.
The Police Department of Columbia also had announcement saying, “Authorities will commence concentrated search and rescue operations Monday morning. The operation includes helping residents of Columbia and Richland County residents who need to be evacuated. Those citizens who are rescued will be taken out of the flood zone in military vehicles and transported by bus to a designated safe zone shelter. Crews will also mark a bright orange ‘X’ on the front door of a house that had been checked.”
In addition, a tweet came from The National Weather Service Charleston South Carolina saying, “The flash flood warning for Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties was extended until 9:30 Monday morning.”
On the other hand, the South Carolina Emergency Management reported that 10 counties have declared states of emergency and eight counties are imposing overnight curfews.
As for the power condition, there are about 30,000 customers are suffering black out and a 75-mile stretch of I-95 was closed because of the flood.
As of the moment, classes are canceled in all levels due to severe flooding and residents are advised to be updated with the weather condition and public announcements for safety.