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Rescue teams pluck the stranded from SC porches

Posted October 5, 2015

— With thousands stranded, floodwaters measured in feet and nine confirmed deaths related to the weekend's record-setting rain, the South Carolina state capital is not out of the woods yet.

The Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Teams of the South Carolina National Guard spent Monday flying missions to pluck residents from flood-surrounded homes, hoisting the old and young in baskets and delivering them to higher ground.

"Most of them were on their porches, so we had the ability to swing the rescuers up and right onto the porch," said Will Sirmon of the South Carolina Army National Guard.

"They were very thankful. A lot of them were shaken up naturally."

The rising waters were enough to startle even the very brave.

"To see everything surrounded by water like that, it's something I've never seen in South Carolina, and I've been here my whole life," Sirmon said

Maj. Gen. Bob Livingston, adjutant general of South Carolina, toured the flood-ravaged region in a Blackhawk helicopter Monday, planning the next step in this rescue and recovery effort.

"From the river standpoint, we haven't hit the worst of it yet," he said. "We got a lot of brown, muddy water all over the place."

Livingston predicted more closed roads before the threat of flash flooding fades over the next couple of days.

"It's really that area around the river that continues to expand, continues to cut roads off, is what we're really concerned about," he said.


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  • Malakai Bluebone Oct 6, 2015
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    On topographical maps there are delineation lines drawn up that show a 100 year flood plain and sometimes a 1000 flood plain. They are based on flow rates regarding how much water rivers, creeks and such can disperse water. Here is a link that will explain the 100 year floodplain a little better than I can.


  • Sam Nada Oct 5, 2015
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    It was described as a 1,000 year event. Not too many people around who remember which areas flood when that happens.

  • John Kramer Oct 5, 2015
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    Leaving and going where? Will you pay the cost of food and lodging? I can't - I'm broke. How many of these have you been through that you know so well what to do?

  • Norman Lewis Oct 5, 2015
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    If you are warned of flooding and you know it has flooded in your area before and it has rained for several days, how about leaving before getting flooded out and needing rescue? Go to wherever you are being taken after being rescued and not put emergency response personnel at risk. They have enough to do without going after people that were warned and did nothing. Makes as much sense to stay in your home when floods are coming as it does to drive through a clearly flooded street and sit on top of your car after it dies waiting for someone else to risk themselves to rescue you from your foolishness.