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Flooding South Carolina Flood Emergency Grows Worse As Dams Fail

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LNM Radio Network

A relentless stream of heavy rain has been pouring over the same areas in South Carolina for nearly 24 hours, dumping record breaking amounts of precipitation over much of the state. Flash flooding has been an ongoing problem, putting many South Carolina neighborhoods from Charleston to Columbia underwater. Residents and travelers have found themselves trapped in the rapidly rising waters, and the simultaneous calls for help are straining first responders.
Unfortunately, as the rain continues to fall, things may be about to get even worse.
Reports are emerging on Twitter of dams in Columbia coming close to failing due to the immense amount of rain pressuring their foundations. Water is reportedly flowing over the top of the Forest Lake Dam and Arcadia Lake Dams, and though these dams haven’t failed yet, many dams across the state have begun to collapse. The town of Lexington, which is just west of Columbia, experienced a dam breach around 6 a.m. this morning at Old Mill Pond. Lexington Police have uploaded footage of the flooding of the broken dam, showing a torrent of water surging through Twelvemile Creek.

Read more at: http://www.immortal.org/17991/south-carolina-flood-emergency-grows-worse-as-dams-begin-to-fail/