COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley warns the worst isn’t over yet, as rain is still falling.
Haley says 9 people have died in her SC. Another died in North Carolina. 5 people drowned and the other 4 were traffic related.
She says most people are heeding her plea to stay off the roads.
“I think they get it. All you have to do is look out the window and see the flooding. It doesn’t take long for you to get in your car and realize you’ve got to turn back around.”
The governor says: 381 roads are closed, with 127 bridges down. More than two dozen shelters are open. Over 1,000 law enforcement personnel and 1,000 transportation department workers are working. Utility crews are working to restore service to 30,000 customers.
The I-126 bridge leading into and out of downtown Columbia I-20 in the Columbia area has been reopened according to the SCDOT.
Haley says if you have damage: start making inventory list. FEMA officials will be on the ground to help.
She says it will not happen quickly, but they are working on it.
County emergency management offices will be handling their local regions.
SCDOT crew members died yesterday while helping protect citizens.
Haley asking for people to check on neighbors.
If you see something, call 911. Don’t assume someone knows.
Bob Livingston with the National Guard says additional resources are coming from North Carolina and Tennessee. Roads are still unsafe. A road may look fine but will collapse once someone drives on it. He says it happened to one of their rescue crews.
SCDOT says the interstates are the top priority followed by connecting routes then two lane roads.
They say $5 million in federal relief fund for roads has been requested in addition to the verbal request for assistance. They say that allows engineers to get out and assess the damage.