Devastation in South Carolina

Eleven people found dead in South Carolina from the monstrous flooding and rainfall


screenshot via Mackenzie Watkins

Hurricane Joaquin flooding the streets of South Carolina

   On Thursday, October 1, 2015 South Carolina was hit with devastating rainfall causing massive flooding and destruction. Dams were breached, roads were caved in and destroyed, and roadways were filled with inches of rain that proved nearly impossible to trek through. Over the past few days South Carolina has received over 24 inches of rain which has taken over the state. Just today, in the city of Columbia, the recorded rainfall was 6.71 inches which broke the standing record of 5.79 inches on July 9, 1959.

  So far eleven people have been announced dead from the monstrous rainfall causing drowning and traffic accidents. Most accidents were the cause of driving in the unsafe conditions. It was stated that there were 315 collisions in the last 12 hours of rainfall and about 750 motorists also called in for need of assistance out in the weather. Governor Nikki Haley has urged people to stay off of the roadways since even 12 inches of water is enough to pull a car down stream into the deeper flood areas. While addressing the citizens, Governor Haley also announced that it is very possible that there are more deaths to come.

  These weather conditions have proved to be detrimental to South Carolina and it is assumed that it will take billions of dollars and lots of work to even start repairing the damages. Governor Haley stated to CNN that she believes none of the people living in the state will ever have their lives back the way they were before the storm.

 The storm did not start on its own, it started to appear from three different factors. With a convergence between already above normal temperatures, tropical moisture, and moisture from the passing Hurricane Joaquin a storm front was pushed into the Carolinas and left a gaping hole in its society. The rainfall and flooding cause most of the dams in South Carolina to breech and pose to be useless in the states time of need. Due to the extreme conditions, several water rescue teams, 11 aircraft’s, and 600 National Guardsmen were sent out to help with search and rescue missions.

  Although the storm has not completely passed, the people of South Carolina are still on high alert and are told to remain in their houses, boil their water to clean it, and absolutely stay away from the roadways.


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