South Carolina since Oct 1, has been enduring the worst rain in “1,000 years,” causing mass flooring. Today, Oct 6, the sun was finally able to come out, but that doesn’t mean the flooding is anywhere near close to finished.
There have been several reports of dams breaking and officials worry that there are more to follow. Several homes and areas have been evacuated. The National Guard has been helping with the sandbagging efforts and other tasks.
In a statement to the press South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said that more than 800 people are temporarily staying in shelters, and that there have been at least 175 water rescues. Currently there is a death toll of at least 14 people, about half of those are due to drowning.
Flooding isn’t the only issue that people are having to deal with. Looting has also become a problem for residents. They will leave their homes for periods of time and come back to find whatever was not destroyed by the flooding taken by looters.
Over 70 miles of I-95 in South Carolina are closed along with hundreds of other roads. Officials are still urging people to stay off the roads since they are probably flooded and not structurally sound.
As of Monday, President Obama declared South Carolina a disaster zone, sending FEMA to help the eight counties that are being severely affected by the flooding.