South Carolina lies devastated by severe flooding after storms drenched the state with over 20 inches of rain. Eight are reportedly dead and thousands are left homeless. Families have shared pictures of the damage, showing houses and towns completely underwater! Click to see.
It’s been called a “once-in-an-millennium” storm, one that has dropped two-feet of rain on South Carolina. Families were evacuated from their homes by helicopters, while both Gov. Nikki Haley, 43, and President Barack Obama, 54, have declared a State of Emergency. Survivors of the flood have shared pictures of the catastrophe, showing water up to the roofs of their houses and streets turned into rivers.
Nearly 20 inches fell over 24-hours, from Oct. 2-3 reports Slate. That’s nearly four months of rainfall in a single day! Roads were swamped and driving soon became impossible. Officials reportedly say eight people have lost their lives due to this deadly weather. Four people were reportedly killed in traffic accidents, one was struck by a falling tree and at least one person drowned, reports the Daily Mail. Pictures taken by survivors reveal submerged streets and cars half-covered in floodwaters. Even one twitter user posted a shot of pickup trunk sinking just like the Titanic!
These storms caused multiple dam breaches, according to The Weather Channel, and sadly, there’s still more rain on the way. “This is not going to clear up until at least Tuesday or Wednesday,” Gov. Nikki Haley said at an Oct. 4 news conference. “It’s not over. We are in the middle of it,” she said, reports CNN.
A low pressure system hanging over the east coast drew up water from the tropics, and combined with the forces of Hurricane Joaquin, a huge storm that Brian Hinton, deputy chief of the Charleston County Volunteer rescue squad, said was straight out of the Old Testament. “I’ll put it this way: for us, this is a biblical event,” Brian said his team of three-dozen volunteers conducted rescues throughout the night, each of them sleeping in short shifts, reports the New York Times. “This is a historical type deal.”
Even when the flooding is finished and the water has been drained way, it will take months to assess all the damage done to South Carolina roads and bridges. Not to mention, there are countless homes that have been ruined by water damage. Sadly, even when the rain is done, the heartbreak and destruction will linger on.
Our thoughts and support continue to go out to South Carolina and all those affected by the flooding.
— Jason Brow