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Dams Strained as much as South Carolina’s Nerves
Death Toll Rises to 15-17
As bridges wash out and dams near their limits, Governor Nikki Haley pointed out that the worst may not be over in a Reuters article posted on 6 October 2015:
” ‘We are still in the mode that the next 36 to 48 hours will be volatile. Don’t let the sunshine fool you.’
Officials said about 300 state-maintained roads and 160 bridges remained closed. Eleven dams in the southeastern state have failed, the state Emergency Management Division said.
Haley said she could not yet estimate the cost of the devastation but noted ‘the damage is going to be heartbreaking for a lot of people.’
More than 2 feet (60 cm) of rain have fallen since Friday in parts of South Carolina. The state avoided a hit from Hurricane Joaquin but experienced historic rainfall and flooding due to a combination of weather mostly unrelated to that storm.
Of the 15 people who died, nine drowned and six were killed in weather-related car crashes, the emergency agency said. The extended rainstorm also was blamed for two deaths in North Carolina.
CBN News reported on 7 October that at least 17 have been killed in the crisis. Additionally, it pointed out that many municipalities have experienced contamination or destruction of their water sources.