Drone footage shows South Carolina flood devastation
Over the weekend, rains from Hurricane Joaquin combined with downpour from a separate weather system to cause historic rainfall and flooding across South Carolina. As storm water drenched the Palmetto State, in the sort of rainfall that happens only once every 1,000 years, images and footage of the devastation have spread through the Internet.
Drone video captured one of the worst floods in South Carolina history, which is leading to devastating flooding in many parts of the state. One to two feet of rain have fallen in central and eastern South Carolina.
There have been 500 bridge and road closures.
At least 17 people have died,according to the Associated Press, some of whom drowned while trying to wade through deep water in their cars.
Some 40,000 Columbia residents are without water, and for those who do have water, theyare being told to vigorously boil their water before drinking it, due to potential bacterial contamination from broken water lines.
Officials told residents to stay in their homes and out of the flood waters over the weekend and early this week, warning of the risk of drowning as well as the threat of displaced wildlife, such as alligators in snakes, that may be lurking in the waters.
About 800 people are currently spread across 24 shelters in the state, according to the Associated Press.