05 October 2015 - Historic flooding in South Carolina
Flooding Cripples South Carolina Where Some Areas See Over a Foot of Rain
Richard Fausset and Alan Blinderoct (The New York Times)
Flooding from days of relentless, saturating rains paralyzed much of South Carolina on Sunday, as vehicles were submerged, dams were pushed to their limits, electricity was cut off to thousands and emergency officials staged hundreds of swift-water rescues.
Officials attributed at least five deaths in South Carolina to the flooding.
The menacing weather, an agonizingly powerful blend of a low-pressure system and some of the moisture from Hurricane Joaquin as it spun over the Atlantic Ocean toward Bermuda, was expected to last into the week, raising fears that conditions could worsen.
In a response that evolved and expanded by the hour, the authorities deployed the National Guard, opened shelters, imposed curfews, closed schools and shut major thoroughfares, including more than 70 miles of Interstate 95. Read on...
A "thousand-year" event
Kevin Conlon and Nick Valencia (CNN)
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley didn't mince any words Sunday about just how dangerous a situation the weather -- which was blamed for five deaths in the state by Sunday night -- had become in her state.
"We are at a 1,000-year level of rain," Haley said at an afternoon news conference. "That's how big this is."
It wasn't hyperbole.
Since weather records don't go back far enough to know if it's rained this much in South Carolina in a 1,000 years, a "thousand-year rainfall" means that the amount of rainfall in South Carolina has a 1-in-1,000 chance of happening in any given year, explained CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.
Certain areas of South Carolina had never before been deluged with such eye-popping rainfall tallies: more than 24 inches in Mount Pleasant, nearly 20 inches in areas around Charleston and more than 18 inches in the Gills Creek area of Columbia, according to Ward.
Historic Charleston flooded
Doug Stanglin (USA Today)
Torrential rains that brought flooding to much of the historic peninsula district of Charleston, S.C., on Saturday lashed huge parts of the Southeast, giving the region little consolation from the fading threat of Hurricane Joaquin as it moved to the northeast away from the East Coast.
Police shut down traffic onto the low-lying area of Charleston between the Ashley and Cooper rivers where the historic downtown area is located. Abandoned cars dotted many of the roads as cars stalled out.
Retail stores along King Street, a main shopping area in the port city, lined sand bags along the sidewalk as protection from the threat of rising water.
As rain totals by early morning quickly eclipsed the 21-year-old record of 3.28 inches for Oct. 3, forecasters predicted several more inches for Saturday and extended a flash flood warning until late afternoon.
Martin Pengelly (The Guardian)
A “once-in-a-millennium” downpour has flooded large parts of South Carolina, causing at least seven deaths.
The storm had dumped more than 18 inches (45 cm) of rain in parts of central South Carolina by early Sunday. The state climatologist forecast another 2 to 6 inches (5 to 15 cm) through Monday as the rainfall began to slacken.
The state’s governor, Nikki Haley, said parts of the state were hit with rainfall that would be expected to occur once in 1,000 years, with the Congaree river running at its highest level since 1936.
“This is the worst flooding in the low country [the region around the South Carolina coast] for a thousand years, that’s how big this is,” Haley told a news conference. “That’s what South Carolina is dealing with right now.
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"05 October 2015 - Historic flooding in South Carolina", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2015. Consulté le 11/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2015/05-october-2015-historic-flooding-in-south-carolina