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Newspaper article about flooding around my cousin's area. I grew up around there.

Johnsonville, S.C. - Most people who know of the "The Neck" near Johnsonville know it as the site of an annual Christmas Eve party and parade that draws thousands who watch and participate in a somewhat raucous affair.

But the Neck, a community of homes for nearly 200 people, is also a close-knit group of family members and friends who take care of one another. They look after each another and their things, and on Monday and Tuesday, rescued their neighbors.

The rescues were necessary because the homes in the Neck became inundated with three-four feet of water from the flooding river.

The river was flooded by some 18 inches of rain over a four-day period. Before the rains and flood, the Lynches was at one of its lowest stages in years because of a drought.

Downstream from the water gauges that measure the riverís height at Effingham, the water was still rising at Johnsonville Tuesday afternoon. A higher than expected flow on the Lynches closed U.S. Highway 52 to travelers at Effingham beginning about 5 a.m. Tuesday.

On Sunday evening and into Monday the Lynches was making its way into the homes of those living close to its banks, from communities such as Effingham, Coward, Scranton, Prospect, and on to the Neck. Like many others, those residents eventually had to take to boats to get people, pets, and things to safety.

It was about 8 p.m. Sunday night when folks on Half Moon Road, about two miles west of First Neck Road, evacuated to higher ground.
More: http://www.scnow.com/news/article_5ea65436-6c90-11e5-ae64-1f1d1530d59d.html?mode=jqm

There are still evacuations because the rivers are cresting. People out in the country have major problems because the roads are out.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Oct 6, 2015, 10:08 PM (0 replies)

Lake Murray Dam's Floodgates Opened During South Carolina Flooding for the 1st Time Since 1969

Murray Dam's Floodgates Opened During Historic South Carolina Flooding for the First Time Since 1969

In the past week, severe rainfall has rewritten the record books across South Carolina, and west of Columbia, officials had to do something they hadn't done since 1969.

They opened the floodgates of Saluda Dam, also known as the Lake Murray Dam, an earthen dam built in 1930 to hold back millions of gallons of water that would create Lake Murray.
There is an album of over 600 photos of the flooding in SC in this article.

There are many rumors about the Lake Murray damn. Lawd! It bet not break.
It is not nearly over. The rivers are rising as the water flows toward the coast. My cousins are worried now about where they live. Evacuations are ongoing.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Oct 6, 2015, 09:59 PM (1 replies)

Columbia and Charleston are getting the national press but (added video of rural SC flooding)

I have gotten messages from cousins out in the country. Major problems as the rivers and swampy areas rise. Many people have been evacuated. A lot of these are poorer people who didn't have much to begin with.
In an area near my brother, deer were seen shoulder deep in water. The rivers have to crest too.

Watch the 1st video posted here. This is a drive thru rural SC near my relatives:
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Oct 6, 2015, 12:15 AM (4 replies)

Land ahoy?

It's still raining. There are bands coming in from the ocean.
I don't have water in the apartment as far as I can tell. There may be some around the edges, but I haven't seen it. Knock on wood.

I talked to my brother in the woods. He told me he was ok and on high ground. I asked him for his definition of high ground in a monsoon. Then he told me that in ye olden dayes, the cows and mules were keot where his house is when it flooded. I told him that in ye olden dayes they didn't get this much water and he ain't got no cows and horses. The roads are out. He does seem ok.

This is much worse than Hugo. The extent of the damage won't be known until the water recedes if then. The water from the streams and rivers also has to flow down to the coast. The rivers won't reach flood stage until later in the week.

The whole state is flooded. The midlands, the NE and the coast got the worst of it. This is awful.

I have changed my cats' names to Friday and Friday Night.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Mon Oct 5, 2015, 07:29 AM (2 replies)

If you were coming to or through South Carolina, don't.

Roads and parts of interstates are closed. People are bein rescued all over the state. It's very bad in Columbia, anywhere near the coast, and NE SC.
Check the roads if you have to travel.
This whole damn state is washing away for real. That's not even a joke.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Oct 4, 2015, 07:11 PM (31 replies)

That damn dam that broke in SC is 5 miles from me.

And now this is happening:

My maternal relatives are buried in a cemetery very close to a swamp. It is on a bank area that never gave us a problem as far as water level. That may have changed. I hope they are still in the ground.
I don't see any water in my apartment yet.
I used to like the sound of rain.......
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Oct 4, 2015, 06:49 PM (45 replies)

Are Moonpie and Tater trying to tell me something?

They have moved to higher ground. Uh oh!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Oct 4, 2015, 01:39 PM (7 replies)

There is flooding near the Fairfield, SC nuclear plant.

No other info at this time.

@jamiemself: .@SCDOT's Hall:
state has ID'd 57 spots in SC interstates that cld fail/flood in a 100 yr flood. What's happening now is close to that map.

They may shut down the entire interstate system in this state.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Oct 4, 2015, 12:12 PM (2 replies)

OK. This flooding will do more damage than Hugo.

There is a river of rain coming in from the ocean over NE SC. It is a huge area around this line.
This state is washing away for real.
The rain is expected to continue for hours.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Oct 4, 2015, 11:35 AM (9 replies)

I-95 from I-20 to I-26 is closed in SC.

That's 30 miles of I-95 through this state. Gonna clog up the entire eastern seaboard.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sun Oct 4, 2015, 11:05 AM (6 replies)
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