REPORTS: Historic South Carolina Flooding Kills 17

By By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
October 08, 2015, 5:26:06 PM EDT

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As of 1:30 p.m. EDT Monday, this blog is no longer live. Archived reports from the historic rain event can be found below.

Devastating flooding gripped South Carolina over the weekend and into Monday as heavy rain hammered the region.

"We haven't seen this level of rain in the Lowcountry in 1,000 years," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said on Sunday afternoon.

Seventeen people were killed as a result of weather-related incidents in the Carolinas since Thursday, emergency officials reported. Six were killed in traffic incidents and 11 were killed in drowning incidents after driving through high water, officials said on Tuesday.

Two people were killed in traffic incidents in North Carolina.

Interstate 95 was one of hundreds of roads that were closed in South Carolina due to flooding with some roads being completely washed away.


What Led to Historic Rain, Flooding in the Carolinas?
Earlier Flooding Reports
PHOTOS: Catastrophic Flooding Washes Across South Carolina

UPDATES: (All times are listed in Eastern Time)1:21 p.m. Monday: The National Weather Service updated rainfall totals for the event:

12:59 p.m. Monday: AccuWeather Storm Chaser and Meteorologist Brandon Sullivan reported complete road erosion in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.


12:58 p.m. Monday: Due to flooding, the University of South Carolina canceled classes for Tuesday, Oct. 6.

12:18 p.m. Monday: Gov. Nikki Haley said additional road closures are expected as engineers assess which roads are safe throughout the state.

"South Carolina has gone through a storm of historic proportions. South Carolina has gone through a storm that has never happened before," she said.

12:07 p.m. Monday: Evacuations are underway in the Wildewood, South Carolina, area, just north of Columbia, after Beaver Dam gave way.

12:01 p.m. Monday: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley confirmed nine weather-related fatalities at a press conference. Haley spoke to President Obama and submitted a verbal request for a major disaster of declaration to expedite additional assistance.

Officials said Monday afternoon that 550 roads are still closed and roughly 26,000 are without power across the state.

11:55 a.m. Monday: Police in Lexington, South Carolina, report water as high as 18 inches still covering some roadways.


11:50 a.m. Monday: Flooding has forced road closures in parts of North Carolina:


11:44 a.m. Monday: A tree was uprooted in Columbia, South Carolina, due to the storm.


11:29 a.m. Monday: A 75 mile stretch of Interstate 95 is closed in South Carolina, the Department of Transportation reports.

11:09 a.m. Monday: From 6 p.m., Oct. 4, to 6 a.m., Oct. 5, the South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to 148 collisions, 125 calls for assisting motorists, 53 trees in the roadway and 66 reports of roadway flooding.

11:07 a.m. Monday: Approximately 11,500 South Carolina Energy & Gas customers are without power, the utility reports.

11:05 a.m. Monday: About 40,000 people across South Carolina are without drinking water or are reporting low water pressure, emergency management reports.

10:57 a.m. Monday: Officials are urging people to stay out of floodwaters. Risks include possible infections, contact with broken glass and drowning. They also encourage residents to avoid entering a room if water is covering electrical outlets or cords are submerged.

9:59 a.m. Monday: Some roads in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, are underwater.


9:37 a.m. Monday: “The steadiest band of rain through early afternoon will be aligned mostly in North Carolina from Wilmington up to Emerald Isle and Morehead City," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson said. “Some of the rain will make its way into South Carolina, but less rain will fall today compared to yesterday.”

“A couple more inches of rain today will continue to exacerbate flooding problems, especially in areas that already had heavy amounts of rain in excess of a foot in some areas," he said.

9:07 a.m. Monday: As of 8:30 a.m. Monday, 389 state maintained roads and 158 bridges are closed, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation. More than 1,200 maintenance employees actively working and 495 equipment units are actively working.

8:51 a.m. Monday: Persistent rain continues to exacerbate flooding across South Carolina:

8:20 a.m. Monday: The Lexington County Sheriff's Department strongly encouraged residents to stay off the roads so first responders and emergency personnel can move freely.

"At this point, the biggest help citizens could provide to the Sheriff's Department is to stay home, stay safe and avoid getting on the roads," they wrote on their Facebook page.

8:15 a.m. Monday: Additional rainfall continues to cause problems around the Columbia, South Carolina, area:

7:46 a.m. Monday: Rain continues Monday morning in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina:

7:29 a.m. Monday: In three days, parts of the Carolinas received more rain than parts of California have recorded in the last three years:

6:49 a.m. Monday: The South Carolina National Guard reports more than 1,300 troops are supporting recovery and rescue operations Monday morning.

6:00 a.m. Monday: Heavy rain continues to fall across Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This band is slowing moving northward into Wilmington, North Carolina, for the morning commute.


5:40 a.m. Monday: More reports of 2 feet of rain in South Carolina.
5:36 a.m. Monday: Travel continues to be discouraged by emergency officials across many parts of South Carolina for today.

5:27 a.m. Monday: 2.83 inches of rain fell in 3 hours at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Mesonet reports.

4:23 a.m. Monday: More than 2 feet of rain has fallen in parts of South Carolina since Thursday.

Click here for older reports about the flooding in the East.

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