Rescue crews went door to door in South Carolina’s capital city Monday morning as officials continued to free residents were trapped by severe flooding that swamped virtually the entire state.
“There’s probably around 100 people in the West Columbia area still trapped in their homes,” said Wyatt Coleman, West Columbia Fire Chief, in a Monday morning interview with The Weather Channel.
For other parts of the state, residents have been warned that this horrific event is far from over.
“Catastrophic flooding continues,” wrote the National Weather Service’s Charleston office in a Monday morning forecast discussion. Making matters worse, a wind advisory has been issued for some parts of the Palmetto State, and with all this saturated ground, there’s a big fear that trees will blow over, adding another threat for pedestrians and drivers.
The 1,000-year rain event has set records all over the state, flooding entire towns. At least nine people have died from the floods in South Carolina since the rain began to fall days ago.
The rain hasn’t subsided everywhere yet. In northeastern South Carolina, where areas like Myrtle Beach experienced severe flooding on Sunday, heavy rainfall continued Monday, and officials warned life-threatening impacts would persist into the week.