South Carolina Floods: More Flooding Possible
Published: October 8, 2015
South Carolina Floods: More Flooding Possible, The rain may have stopped, but South Carolina is grappling with a host of new concerns. Dam breaks. Billions of dollars in damage. And rivers that still haven’t crested.
“We still have to be cautious,” Gov. Nikki Haley told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. “The next 36 to 48 hours are going to be a time that we need to continue to be careful.”
Haley declined to provide an estimated cost of the damage — which she called “disturbing” — but said state and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were making assessments.
“It’s hard to look at the loss we’re going to have,” she said. “This could be any amount of dollars.”
More than 400,000 state residents were under a “boil water advisory” affecting about 16 water systems, said Jim Beasley, a spokesman for the S.C. Emergency Response Team.
At least 11 dams have failed in South Carolina since Saturday, the state’s Emergency Management Division said. Another 35 dams were being monitored.
One failure, of the Overcreek Bridge dam in Richland County’s Forest Acres, sent a torrent of floodwater raging downstream and forced evacuations near Columbia.
MANDATORY EVACUATION: OVERCREEK RESIDENTS LIVING BETWEEN FOREST DR. & PERCIVAL RD. IN FOREST ACRES
— SCEMD (@SCEMD) October 5, 2015
Officials allowed water to breach at least one other dam, also in Richland County. Officials conduct these controlled breaches “to prevent a much larger incident and a much larger amount of water escaping from the dam,” emergency management spokesman Derrec Becker said.
Spent the day covering #SCflooding . Latest news: #OvercreekDam breached, 10 homes flooded mandatory evacuation. pic.twitter.com/S3Cx0LYtmh
— DaveJordanWSPA (@DaveJordanWSPA) October 6, 2015
Haley said National Guard members were helping with sandbagging operations and other mitigation efforts.
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