DEATH TOLL, DAMAGES, ETC.
Nine people have now been confirmed dead in South Carolina due to the onrushing waters of “Floodmaggedon,” while local officials are already predicting damages in the billions of dollars.
Both numbers, sadly, are only going to rise …
Speaking of rising, that’s what’s happening to streams and rivers across the Palmetto State … causing multiple dam breaches and severe localized flooding. Meanwhile roadways continued to collapse and wash out as a result of the heavily saturated earth.
Take a look …
— Lorien Owens (@lorieno) October 5, 2015
Curfews remained in place in many areas for a second consecutive night, and huge stretches of Interstate highway remained closed to traffic.
Meanwhile mandatory evacuations were being issued in various parts of the state.
One such location? Forest Acres, S.C. – a municipality just to the east of waterlogged downtown Columbia, S.C. Citizens residing in a broad swath of the city were instructed to leave their homes due to the impending collapse of a dam.
“If you don’t want to leave, give me the name of your next of kin,” one resident was reportedly told.
Meanwhile in Florence County, mandatory evacuations were issued for residents living along the Lynches River.
“Rising flood waters are an imminent danger to residents and responders,” a release from the local emergency management agency noted.
In other news, S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson said his office was collecting reports of price gouging during the storm, urging residents to use the twitter handle @SCPriceGouging in the event they saw examples.
Those looking for bottled water in Columbia, S.C. (ahem)? Here’s a list of locations provided by the S.C. Emergency Management Division (SCEMD). The agency also has a toll free number you can call with questions: 1-866-246-0133.