Fourteen dead as South Carolina gripped by historic flooding

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Death Toll from South Carolina Floods Rises to 14

South Carolina grappled with the damage wrought by record rainfall, as the death toll from widespread flooding rose to 14 on Tuesday and residents braced for more evacuations in areas near swollen waterways and dams across the state.

Predictions of sunny skies in coming days provided only small comfort. More than 800 people were living in shelters after floodwater forced them from their homes, and officials said new evacuations were likely as several rivers remained above flood stage and dams were being monitored for breaches.

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"We are still in the mode that the next 36 to 48 hours will be volatile," Governor Nikki Haley told a news conference. "Don't let the sunshine fool you."

Officials said about 300 state-maintained roads and 160 bridges remained closed. Haley stressed the need for motorists to mind police barricades on flooded roads after reports of people moving the barricades or driving around them.

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Members of a FEMA search and rescue unit unload a search dog as they prepare to check a a flooded area in Eastover, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. The Carolinas saw sunshine Tuesday after days of inundation, but it could take weeks to recover from being pummeled by a historic rainstorm that caused widespread flooding. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
DNR officer Brett Irvin and Lexington Co. Deputy Dan Rusinyak carry June Loch to dry land after she was rescued from her home in the Pine Glen subdivision off of Tram road on Oct. 5, 2015 in the St. Andrews area of Columbia. Residents are having to abandon their homes because of flooding coinciding with release of water from the dam. (Tim Dominick/The State/TNS via Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 4: Charlene Stennis is escorted to safety after her son was rescued from a stranded vehicle in a flooded roadway October 4, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. South Carolina experiencied a record rainfall, with at leasrt 11.5 inches falling October 3. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 4: Residents and first responders launch boats to rescue people trapped in their homes October 4, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. South Carolina experiencied a record rainfall, with at leasrt 11.5 inches falling October 3. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 4: Police watch rescue boats looking for trapped in their homes October 4, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. South Carolina experiencied a record rainfall, with at leasrt 11.5 inches falling October 3. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
A basketball backboard is seen collapsed on a flooded yard in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Relentless rain left large areas of the US southeast under water and forecasters warned that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast and forecasters say the worst is not over quite yet. News reports blamed the wild weather on four deaths in the United States since Thursday, all in the Carolinas. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters help a local resident to cross a flooded street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Relentless rain left large areas of the US southeast under water and forecasters warned that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast and forecasters say the worst is not over quite yet. News reports blamed the wild weather on four deaths in the United States since Thursday, all in the Carolinas. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 4: An abandoned vehicle sits in flood water the morning October 4, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. South Carolina experiencied a record rainfall, with at leasrt 11.5 inches falling October 3. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Firefighters evaluate damage on a flooded street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Relentless rain left large areas of the US southeast under water and forecasters warned that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast and forecasters say the worst is not over quite yet. News reports blamed the wild weather on four deaths in the United States since Thursday, all in the Carolinas. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A small sculpture left by local residents is seen on a flooded street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Relentless rain left large areas of the US southeast under water and forecasters warned that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast and forecasters say the worst is not over quite yet. News reports blamed the wild weather on four deaths in the United States since Thursday, all in the Carolinas. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A man checks his stranded car on a flooded street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Relentless rain left large areas of the US southeast under water and forecasters warned that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast and forecasters say the worst is not over quite yet. News reports blamed the wild weather on four deaths in the United States since Thursday, all in the Carolinas. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A fire truck on a flooded street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Relentless rain left large areas of the US southeast under water and forecasters warned that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast and forecasters say the worst is not over quite yet. News reports blamed the wild weather on four deaths in the United States since Thursday, all in the Carolinas. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 4: Residents and first responders launch boats to rescue people trapped in their homes October 4, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. South Carolina experiencied a record rainfall, with at leasrt 11.5 inches falling October 3. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
A firefighter checks the road in front of his truck on a flooded street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Relentless rain left large areas of the US southeast under water and forecasters warned that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast and forecasters say the worst is not over quite yet. News reports blamed the wild weather on four deaths in the United States since Thursday, all in the Carolinas. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters evaluate damage on a flooded street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Relentless rain left large areas of the US southeast under water and forecasters warned that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast and forecasters say the worst is not over quite yet. News reports blamed the wild weather on four deaths in the United States since Thursday, all in the Carolinas. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Police block the entrance of highway 17 due to the floods in Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Relentless rain left large areas of the US southeast under water and forecasters warned that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast and forecasters say the worst is not over quite yet. News reports blamed the wild weather on four deaths in the United States since Thursday, all in the Carolinas. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Police block the entrance of highway 17 due to the floods in Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Relentless rain left large areas of the US southeast under water and forecasters warned that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast and forecasters say the worst is not over quite yet. News reports blamed the wild weather on four deaths in the United States since Thursday, all in the Carolinas. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighter's truck blocks the Garner Ferry road where flash floods destroyed number of businesses in Columbia, South Carolina on October 5, 2015. Relentless rain left large areas of the US southeast under water. The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Zahid and Davon Richardson are greeted by a rescue team in the Shandon Crossing apartment complex on Oct. 5, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. Rescue crews from across the country worked to help those in need after rain and flood water ravaged the area. (Matt Walsh/The State/TNS via Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 5: Emergency teams search for stranded people in the Forest Acres neighborhood October 5, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. The state of South Carolina experienced record rainfall amounts over the weekend which stranded motorists and residents and forced hundreds of evacuations and rescues. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
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The governor said she could not yet estimate the cost of the devastation but noted "the damage is going to be heartbreaking for a lot of people."

More than 2 feet (60 cm) of rain have fallen since Friday in parts of South Carolina, which avoided a hit from Hurricane Joaquin but experienced historic rainfall and flooding due to a combination of weather conditions mostly unrelated to that storm.

Of the 14 people who died, eight drowned and six were killed in weather-related car crashes, the state Department of Public Safety said. The extended rainstorm also was blamed for two deaths in North Carolina.

In the South Carolina capital of Columbia, which experienced its wettest days on record over the weekend, the University of South Carolina announced it was cancelling classes through Friday due to the flooding.

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A resident looks down Mayfield St. as the Ashley river floodwaters rise in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Residents are concerned that the Ashley river will continue to rise as floodwaters come down from Columbia. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Rankin Craig watches as friends and family remove belongings from her flooded home in Forest Acres in Columbia, S.C., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. People in the city are beginning cleanup after being pummeled by a historic rainstorm. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
DNR officer Brett Irvin and Lexington Co. Deputy Dan Rusinyak carry June Loch to dry land after she was rescued from her home in the Pine Glen subdivision off of Tram road on Oct. 5, 2015 in the St. Andrews area of Columbia, S.C. Residents are having to abandon their homes because of flooding coinciding with release of water from the dam. (Tim Dominick/The State/TNS via Getty Images)
Roberta Albers walks around her home after the floodwaters start to recede at French Quarter Creek in Huger, S.C., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. French Quarter Creek is prone to flooding, but all residents who have lived there for several decades say this is the worst it has ever been. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Bill Cahill sprays off his pool deck as discarded furniture and insulation pile up in his yard after the floodwaters receded at French Quarter Creek in Huger, S.C., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. French Quarter Creek is prone to flooding, but all residents who have lived there for several decades say this is the worst it has ever been. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Sean Nance walks through floodwaters carrying some work clothes as he evacuates from his apartment in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Residents are concerned that the Ashley River will continue to rise as floodwaters come down from Columbia. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Jeanni Adame rides in her boat as she checks on neighbors seeing if they want to evacuate in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville, S.C., after many of their neighbors left, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. South Carolina is still struggling with flood waters due to a slow moving storm system. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Pedestrians walk down Dorchester Road at Sawmill Branch Canal as it begins to wash away due to floodwaters near Summerville, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Residents are concerned that the Ashley river will continue to rise as floodwaters come down from Columbia. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Floodwaters close in on homes on a small piece of land on Lake Katherine in Columbia, S.C., Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. After a week of steady rain, the showers tapered off Monday and an inundated South Carolina turned to surveying a road system shredded by historic flooding. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Hunter Baker drives his boat down a flooded East Black Creek Road to his home following heavy rains in Florence, S.C., Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Flooding continues throughout the state following record rainfall amounts over the last several days. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A man makes his way through floodwaters in the parking lot of The Citadel Beach Club on Isle of Palms, S.C., Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. The Charleston and surrounding areas are still struggling with flood waters due to a slow moving storm system. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
EASTOVER, SC - OCTOBER 6: Trey McMillian looks over the damage done by flood waters on a road in Eastover on October 6, 2015 in Eastover, South Carolina. The state of South Carolina experienced record rainfall amounts over the weekend and continues to face resulting flooding. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Chris Rosselot, left, and Branch Tanksley, at right, both with the Charleston City Boat Yard, help Kerry Gonzalez evacuate from her home in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Residents are concerned that the Ashley river will continue to rise as floodwaters come down from Columbia. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Ethan Abbott pulls his boat down Mayfield St. to help a friend get personal items out of a flooded house in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Residents are concerned that the Ashley river will continue to rise as floodwaters come down from Columbia. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Overall aerial view shows historic Charleston at the Battery with minor flooding still visible in Charleston, S.C., Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. The Charleston and surrounding areas are still struggling with flood waters due to a slow moving storm system. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Hunter Baker surveys flood damage to his neighborhood near the flooded Black Creek following heavy rains in Florence, S.C., Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Flooding continues throughout the state following record rainfall amounts over the last several days. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A kayaker makes her way through floodwaters on Sullivan's Island, S.C., Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. The Charleston and surrounding areas are still struggling with floodwaters due to a slow moving storm system. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Pictured is the inside of the Pavlovich Balley School Building, home of the Columbia Classical Ballet, as electrical crews shut off power, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. (Gerry Melendez/The State/TNS via Getty Images)
A dog is cut off from it's home because of floodwaters in Florence, S.C., Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Flooding continues throughout the state following record rainfall amounts over the last several days. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Rescue crews from across the country work to help those in need after rain and flood water ravaged the Columbia, S.C. area on Oct. 4, 2015. (Matt Walsh/The State/TNS via Getty Images)
A resident walks down a flooded Prince St. in Georgetown, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Much of South Carolina has experienced historic rain totals coupled with an unusually high lunar tide causing wide spread flooding. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
A woman walks down a flooded sidewalk toward an open convenience store in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to bolster state and local efforts as flood warnings remained in effect for many parts of the East Coast through Sunday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Neighbors watch employees with the city of Isle of Palms cut down a live oak tree that fell down on 23rd Avenue after heavy rains fell on Isle of Palms, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The South Carolina coast is getting hammered with heavy rains along with an unusual lunar high tide causing flooding all over the state. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
A man paddles a kayak down a flooded street in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The rainstorm drenching the U.S. East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina, cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing many roads because of floodwaters. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
David Linnen takes a yard rake to clear drains in front of Winyah Apartments in Georgetown, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Much of South Carolina has experienced historic rain totals coupled with an unusually high lunar tide causing wide spread flooding. The apartment complex has been evacuated. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
George Myers with the city of Isle of Palms directs equipment in on 23rd Ave. to clear the road after heavy rains fell on the Isle of Palms, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The South Carolina coast is getting hammered with historic rains along with an unusual lunar high tide causing flooding all over the state. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
George Myers with the city of Isle of Palms cuts down a tree on 23rd Ave. to clear the road after heavy rains fell on the Isle of Palms, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The South Carolina coast is getting hammered with historic rains along with an unusual lunar high tide causing flooding all over the state. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
A vehicle and a man try to navigate floodwaters in Florence, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, as heavy rain continues to cause widespread flooding in many areas of the state. The rainstorm drenching the East Coast brought more misery to South Carolina, cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing scores of roads because of floodwaters. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Tripp Adams, 8, walks through the flood waters near high tide in the historic downtown in Georgetown, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Much of South Carolina has experienced historic rain totals coupled with an unusually high lunar tide causing wide spread flooding. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Jordan Bennett, of Rock Hill, S.C., paddles up to a flooded store in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The rainstorm drenching the U.S. East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina, cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing many roads because of floodwaters. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
David Linnen takes a yard rake to clear drains in front of Winyah Apartments in Georgetown, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Much of South Carolina has experienced historic rain totals coupled with an unusually high lunar tide causing wide spread flooding. The apartment complex has been evacuated. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
A man watches as a vehicle tries to navigate flood waters in Florence, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 as heavy rains continue to saturate the state, causing widespread flooding. The rainstorm drenching the East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina, cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing scores of roads because of floodwaters. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Tameca Sheriff comforts her father, Napoleon Sheriff, as they wait out the flood waters in an American Red Cross Shelter in Georgetown, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Much of South Carolina has experienced historic rain totals coupled with an unusually high lunar tide causing wide spread flooding. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Members of Norfolk Fire-Rescue pull a man from his car stranded because of flooding in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)
Capers the dog walks by a fallen live oak tree on 23rd Ave. on the Isle of Palms after heavy rains fell on the Isle of Palms, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The South Carolina coast is getting hammered with historic rains along with an unusual lunar high tide causing flooding all over the state. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
A man walks his dog through flood waters during high tide on the Isle of Palms, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rain pummeling parts of the East Coast showed little sign of slackening Saturday, with record-setting precipitation prolonging the soppy misery that has been eased only by news that powerful Hurricane Joaquin will not hit the U.S. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Will Cunningham, 14, rides his bike down Station 29 on Sullivan's Island, S.C., with his friend Patrick Kelly, 14, going the kayak route during flood waters on Sullivan's Island Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rain pummeling parts of the East Coast showed little sign of slackening Saturday, with record-setting precipitation prolonging the soppy misery that has been eased only by news that powerful Hurricane Joaquin will not hit the U.S. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
An American Red Cross van is stranded in floodwaters on U.S. Hwy. 17 North near Georgetown, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Several sections of Highway 17 are shut down between Charleston and Georgetown. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Paul Banker, left, paddles a kayak and his wife Wink Banker, right, takes photos on a flooded street in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. A flash flood warning was in effect in parts of South Carolina, where authorities shut down the Charleston peninsula to motorists. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Firemen, from left to right, Norman Beauregard, Kevin Ettenger and Chris Rodgers with the Georgetown Fire Department, inspect the flood waters at high tide in the historic downtown in Georgetown, S.C., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Much of South Carolina has experienced historic rain totals coupled with an unusually high lunar tide causing wide spread flooding. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
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Though floodwater was receding in some places, officials warned people to remain vigilant. Early Tuesday, emergency responders in Orangeburg County pulled three people to safety in a boat after they were surrounded by rushing water from the North Edisto River, the State newspaper reported.

The highest recorded amount of rain in South Carolina was 26.8 inches (68 cm), which fell over several days in an area just east of Charleston, National Weather Service meteorologist Carl Barnes said.

On Tuesday, Barnes said brighter days were ahead.

"The worst has passed us, in terms of rainfall," he said. "We'll definitely have sun and some very welcome drying out for the rest of the week."


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