South Carolina Flooding, Oct. 2015

09 Oct 2015

A strong rainstorm, due largely to Hurricane Joaquin off the Atlantic coast, brought historic amounts of rain and caused large scale damage and flooding to parts of South Carolina. The storm began in the region on October 2, 2015 and continued through the 4th. Although the rain has ended, concern lies now with the region’s dams that are strained beyond capacity. Thus far 14 have failed and 62 are reported to be in danger of failure. In response, authorities have issued evacuation requests, but not orders, to tens of thousands of residents in the flood-endangered areas of Dorchester, Charleston, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties near the rising Waccamaw and Edisto rivers.

Seventeen storm related deaths have been reported.  Sixteen counties are declared disaster areas. While it is too early to know the full extent of losses, some experts have estimated the damage at over one billion dollars.


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