A mandatory evacuation was ordered downstream from the Overcreek Bridge dam after a breach Monday, a spokeswoman for the city of Columbia, South Carolina, told CNN. Authorities were working to determine the severity of the situation, Shawn Washington said. The Charlotte Observer reported that police were working to evacuate residents downstream. If the dam fails, “It’s going to unload about 22 acres of water,” state Rep. Joel Lourie, D-Richland, who was working with police on the evacuation plans, told the Observer.
The rain may finally be subsiding in South Carolina, but the danger is far from over. Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that more evacuations are likely as floodwaters rise in spots, and authorities warned of the danger of roads that look OK on the surface but that may have been undermined by raging waters. CONTINUE