1 Dead, 1 Missing After Flash Floods in South Carolina

A slow moving low pressure system in southern and eastern US states brought heavy rainfall and flash flooding in parts of North and South Carolina over the weekend. Parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia were also affected. There was also a high tide over the weekend with complicated the flood situation for coastal areas, including Charleston.

One woman has died and a man is missing after being swept away by flood water in in Greenville, South Carolina late on Friday 8 August 2014. The couple’s car a was caught in flood water. They both managed to escape from the car but were then pulled under by raging flood water.

In Greer, South Carolina, two people were injured in their vehicles that crashed after flooding had damaged a road and washed away a bridge.

In North Carolina, an apartment building had to be evacuated by emergency personnel using boats after rising flood waters were considered threatening to residents.

Rainfall Figures (according to WMO)

24 Hours from 9 to 10 August 2014

  • Colombia, SC – 77.7 mm
  • Greenville, SC – 50.5 mm

24 Hours from 10 to 11 August 2014

  • Charleston, SC – 102 mm
  • Wilmington, NC – 58.5 mm
  • Lexington, KY – 136.5 mm

The National Weather Service issued a further flash flood watch for Monday 11 August, for southeast south Carolina and southeast Georgia, including the Charleston and Savannah metro areas.