South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says the level of rain hitting parts of her state has not been seen in a ''thousand years'' and urges residents to stay home. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Sunday (October 4) said the level of rain hitting parts of her state has not been seen in a "thousand years" and urged residents to continue to stay home to allow first responders to do their work. Persistent torrential rainfall in South Carolina caused major flooding on Sunday, turning some suburbs of the city of Charleston into lakes and forcing hundreds of rescues across the state. Overnight rains flooded highways along the South Carolina coast between Charleston and Georgetown, the National Weather Service said. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina on Saturday (October 3) , making federal emergency funds available. More than 17 inches of rain have fallen in the area in the past 48 hours and more is expected, forecasters said. Water was five foot deep in some streets, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina. Local emergency officials urged residents to keep safe and dry at home and stay away from standing water. Haley encouraged schools and county office to remain closed on Monday (October 5), saying the flood waters may not clear up until at least Tuesday (October 6).