Historic South Carolina floods Heavy Rain Hundreds Rescued
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) —There appears massive wave in Carolina at Sunday, hundreds were rescued from fast-moving floodwaters as days of driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo that distorted buildings and roads, closed a major East Coast interstate route and threatened the drinking water supply for the capital city.
The strong rainstorm dumped more than a foot of rain overnight on Columbia, swamping hundreds of businesses and homes. Emergency workers help people trapped in cars in massive flood dozens of boats fanned out to rescue others in flooded neighborhoods, and some were taken from rooftops by helicopters.
With a lot of water, officials said it could take weeks or even months to evaluate every road and bridge that’s been closed around the state. Many interstates around Columbia were closed, and so was a 75-mile stretch of Interstate 95 that is a vital route connecting Miami to Washington, D.C. and New York.
“This is different than a hurricane because it is water, it is slow moving, and it is sitting. We can’t just move the water out,” Gov. Nikki Haley said at a news conference.
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