As the death toll rose to 15 from days of devastating rains in South Carolina, residents prepared for the state’s swollen rivers to unleash a second round of flooding. Gov. Nikki Haley said there had been nearly 5,000 service calls made since the storms began during the weekend, more than 2,000 just for collisions. But Haley, speaking at a Wednesday news conference, also marvelled at residents’ resilience. “You can push South Carolina, but boy does South Carolina push back,” she said.

There are currently 3,000 National Guard troops in the state and Haley said that number would increase to 5,000. “This is all to keep things moving and to keep the action happening,” she said. In the Columbia area, where some have started to return home to assess damage and clean up, the threat of more flooding still hadn’t lifted. About 1,000 residents near the compromised Beaver Dam were told to evacuate Wednesday morning. Crews were filling a sinkhole with rocks in hopes that would stabilize the dam. CONTINUE