Flooding Kills 12, Serves Up 'Cruel Twist'

Governor warns that waters may still rise
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2015 5:00 PM CDT
Flooding Kills 12, Serves Up 'Cruel Twist'
A vehicle is stranded on Hwy. 41 due to floodwaters near Huger, S.C., Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.   (Mic Smith)

After a week of steady rain, the showers tapered off Monday and an inundated South Carolina turned to surveying a road system shredded by historic flooding, and in a cruel twist, thousands of residents faced the prospect of going days without running water. Gov. Nikki Haley warned communities downstream, near the low-lying coast, that they may still see rising water and to be prepared for more evacuations. More than 900 people were staying in shelters and nearly 40,000 people were without water. At least 12 weather-related deaths in two states were blamed on the vast rainstorm, with one of the latest coming when a sedan drove around a barricade and stalled in rushing waters. The driver drowned, but a woman who was riding in the car managed to climb on top of it and was rescued by a firefighter who waded into the water.

"She came out the window. How she got on top of the car and stayed there like she did with that water—there's a good Lord," Kershaw County Coroner David West says. On Monday, the rains moved north into North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states. The storm was part of a system that dumped an unprecedented amount of rain across South Carolina and several other states. Satellite images released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show South Carolina getting drenched by a "fire hose" of tropical moisture. In the animation, Hurricane Joaquin pounds the Bahamas and moves away from the East Coast as a separate area of low pressure spins across the Southeast, unleashing a torrent of water over South Carolina. Click for more on the flooding. (Earlier, more than 750 rescue calls were made in 12 hours.)

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