We’d be hard pressed to find anyone that wasn’t aware of the devastating turn of events that recently struck South Carolina due to weather. It would seem that Mother Nature herself has the state in her crosshairs as the rainfall amounts continue to exceed earlier records.
“The flooding is unprecedented and historical,” said Dr. Marshall Shepherd, a meteorologist and director of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia
Inland, as well, the catastrophic flooding continues. Many areas around the state capitol of Columbia are still executing rescue efforts. With the ground thoroughly saturated, additional rain just adds insult to injury as trees topple over and landscapes wash away. Swift-water rescue teams continue to pluck hundreds of residents from stranded cars and flooded homes all over the state.
This past weekend the rain continued here in Myrtle Beach with several roads flooding out in the area. Please be hyper-aware when driving around the Grand Strand and pay strict attention to barriers set up. Do not drive around barriers as they indicate a washout or other hazardous road condition.
The following roads were affected by Saturday’s flooding:
• Friendfield Road at Francis Marion Road in Florence
• US 501 at Academy Drive- Horry County
• Thurgood Marshall Hwy at SC521
• Kings Road at Plantation Lake Road-Horry County
• North Ocean Blvd from 19th Ave N to 12th Ave N South Bound
South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency Thursday evening in advance of any potential impacts from flooding. President Barack Obama also declared a state of emergency and ordered federal aid to help the recovery in South Carolina.
“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,” said Haley at a news conference.
Where the recent storm brought 24-hour rainfall totals estimated to occur once per 1,000 years in a few places, rainfall amounts this past weekend were more ordinary by South Carolina standards. Total daily rainfall amounts on Saturday averaged between 1-2 inches in most of the flood-ravaged areas. However, a few locations saw somewhat higher amounts, due to more robust thunderstorms that developed.
Only a few lingering light showers remained near the immediate coast on Sunday.