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State of emergency declared after flooding in SC

Posted at 6:17 PM, Oct 04, 2015

In response torrential rains in South Carolina, President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency Sunday in the state, which will bring federal assistance to state and local efforts.

According to ABC News, South Carolina is enduring its worst rains "in 1,000 years," Gov. Nikki Haley said this afternoon.

Reuters reported that seven people have died during the storm.

The National Weather Service's Charleston South Carolina Forecast Office said that Charleston received 11.5 inches of rain on Saturday, making it the wettest day on record for the city.

Columbia received over 7 inches Saturday night, while North Myrtle Beach accumulated over 15 inches worth of water in the past few days.

South Carolina's Greenville-Spartanburg Airport got 2.3 inches of rain Saturday, breaking the record of 0.77 inches back in 1961, according to NWS meteorologist John Tomko.

Over the next two days, parts of eastern South Carolina and North Carolina could receive 10 more inches of rain, according to ABC News.