Flooding in South Carolina

Hurricane Joaquin hit South Carolina very hard several days ago.  Ranging from 20-40 inches in some places (17 in capital city Columbia), to 60 inches in others, the streets were left flooded.  Homes were destroyed, collapsed, and 9 people were killed.  Because of the excess rain, the Congaree became so flooded that the runoff began contaminating the city drinking water, leaving around 40,000 people without clean drinking water.  In about one year, South Carolina experiences about 20 inches of rain, so this mass amount of rain is catastrophic for the state.



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