A once in a thousand year Historic downpour slammed South Carolina over the weekend as hurricane Joaquin moved off-shore. The results left Multiple dams breached on Sunday morning and 100 people remaining trapped in their homes as emergency crews go door to door to rescue residents from the flood waters. According to The Weather Channel, the city of Columbia observed 7.77 inches of rain in just 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday morning — a new record. Officials are declaring that some parts of South Carolina have experienced a 1,000-year rain event, which means that there’s only a 1 in 1,000 chance that rains of this magnitude could happen in a given year.
Torrential and catastrophic flooding prompted President Obama to declare a state of emergency in South Carolina on Saturday. Seven people have died as of Monday morning. And as if the water-logged residents haven’t been through enough, officials warned residents of something else to watch out for in the flood waters, meteorologist Eric Holthaus tweeted Sunday evening: As if the flooding wasn’t enough, local meteorologists warned residents that alligators and snakes displaced by the rains may be lurking in the flood waters. CONTINUE