In what Governor Nikki Haley called a “1000-year flood,” homes were destroyed and people left stranded by record-breaking floods.
Heavy rain over the weekend forced 1,000 families to evacuate and killed 11 people across the state in the worst floods in a thousand years.
On Friday, students rejoiced when classes were canceled, most remained untouched by the rain.
Kelty Carson, a Biology and International Studies major, even made it to the library. “I had a test canceled. I’ll be staying inside and studying for that,” she said.
However, as waters rose and roads closed, Charleston became a ghost town. Few cars could make in on the roads, and businesses stayed closed with some of the 5000 sandbags distributed by the city piled around their doors.
“I rode my bike home through calf-high water,” said downtown resident Larson Lloyd, “It wasn’t fun.”
According to the National Weather Service, these four days of rain alone have made October 2015 the fourth wettest month on record in some areas.
Kevin Powers, a West Ashley resident, had ankle deep water in his entire apartment by Sunday morning.
“My dog was so freaked out he wouldn’t get off ‘bed island,’” he said.
Downtown Charleston received a total of 16.29 inches of rain from Thursday to Sunday, breaking records for longest three and four-day rainfall, set back in 1973 at only 13.8 inches.
On Sunday alone, when the heaviest rain fell, 40 home rescues were performed, and 66 vehicles were flooded out and towed, according to the Post and Courier. People were still being evacuated and placed in shelters into Monday.
Over 500 hundred roads and bridges statewide are still closed and on Monday over 150 vehicles were left in the submerged streets of Charleston, disabled.
As of Monday, there was still a coastal flood advisory and people were warned to be cautious on the roads.