Death toll rises as flooding continues in South Carolina

NC_flooding161005_700x394South Carolina — (NBC News) Flooding continues in South Carolina following a weekend of torrential rain. At least nine people have died in the state, and while the rain has eased the high water remains.

Flood waters have tossed aside cars, torn away roads, washed out bridges and dams and swallowed communities from the coast through the Midlands.

In the Columbia area alone there have been more than 150 swift water rescues, and first responders expect that number to climb.

The National Guard has moved in to help with the ongoing effort in the flood zone, focusing much of their effort in Columbia, where the water has had an effect on just about everyone and everything.

One of the most pressing issues is clean drinking water. The public water system that has been compromised, leaving thousands without useable water.

The situation so dire that fire crews are pumping tens-of-thousands of gallons of water into area hospitals.

“We will continue to provide the water to the hospitals as long as we can sustain it, we just don’t know how long we can sustain that,” Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said Monday afternoon.

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