Days of historic rain left residents in parts of soaked South Carolina knee-deep in deadly floodwaters, and while skies were clearing Monday afternoon afer as much as three inches of rain, officials warned that dangers weren't over.
At least 11 people have already died in weather-related incidents across North and South Carolina since Thursday, according to authorities. The victims included a highway worker whose truck was swept away Sunday in Columbia.
The storm triggered flash flooding, smashed rainfall records and led to several hundred water rescues, prompting officials to warn residents not to leave their homes for any reason — even on foot.
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"This is not over. Just because the rain stops does not mean that we are out of the woods," Gov. Nikki Haley said early Monday afternoon.
Several dams in South Carolina were breached in the massive flooding, the state's Office of Emergency Management said. Some 30,000 homes and businesses remained without power across the state on Monday
Experts said parts of South Carolina experienced a "1,000-year flood event," meaning in any given year there is a 1-in-1,000 chance of observing such rainfall totals.