— Savannah Levins (@LevinsReports) October 4, 2015
South Carolina – Crisis officials say they are responding to emergency situations all across the state. They’re coordinating with state and local leaders to determine the best places to put resources.
By mid-Sunday afternoon, the South Carolina National Guard said they were conducting rescue missions by helicopter.
Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush said they have declared an emergency countywide. Dozens–or perhaps hundreds–of calls for rescues have been taken across the state.
News19 has seen people have to be rescued from city streets and the rooftops of homes. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate.
We cannot stress enough: DO NOT attempt to drive on the roads. Consider your event, school, church, or business closed. It is not safe to be on the roads for any reason, unless you are attempting to flee rising floodwaters.
Overnight, the rain intensified dramatically throughout the Midlands. By early Sunday morning, water had covered many streets throughout the city of Columbia and in other parts of South Carolina.
It’s estimated that almost 20 inches of rain has already fallen in some parts of the Midlands. Cars were seen stalled out at intersections, and many roads were impassable.
Main roads across the region have been washed out. Even the Interstates were not spared. Interstate 77, Interstate 26, and Interstate 20 have all had spotty road closures. Perhaps the worst situation was out on Interstate 95 in the eastern side of the Midlands. At one point, a nearly 74 mile stretch of that road was closed between Interstate 26 and Interstate 95.
— Revolution News (@NewsRevo) October 4, 2015
— Charles Bierbauer (@cjbsc) October 4, 2015
— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) October 4, 2015
— Tim Ballisty (@IrishEagle) October 4, 2015