Governor Nikki Haley: “The Worst Isn’t Over”

Photo of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
Photo of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – Governor Nikki Haley says South Carolina is facing rain and flooding the likes of which haven’t been seen in 1,000 years, with 2 feet of rain reported in some areas.

Haley told NBC’s Today show on Monday morning, “Our obvious priority is safety.”

Haley says 9 people have died in her SC. Another died in North Carolina.

She says 5 people drowned and the other 4 were traffic related.

The governor also says: 381 roads are closed, with 127 bridges down. More than two dozen shelters are open. Over 1,000 law enforcement personnel and 1,000 transportation department workers are working. Utility crews are working to restore service to 30,000 customers.

Haley says most people are heeding her plea to stay off the roads.

She says: “I think they get it. All you have to do is look out the window and see the flooding. It doesn’t take long for you to get in your car and realize you’ve got to turn back around.”

She warns that the worst isn’t over yet, as rain is still falling.

Haley says if you have damage: start making inventory list. FEMA officials will be on the ground to help.

She says it will not happen quickly, but they are working on it.

County emergency management offices will be handling their local regions.

SCDOT crew members died Sunday while helping protect citizens.

Haley asking for people to check on neighbors.

If you see something, call 911. Don’t assume someone knows.

Bob Livingston with the National Guard says additional resources are coming from North Carolina and Tennessee. Roads are still unsafe. A road may look fine but will collapse once someone drives on it. He says it happened to one of their rescue crews.

SCDOT says the interstates are the top priority followed by connecting routes then two lane roads.

They say $5 million in federal relief fund for roads has been requested in addition to the verbal request for assistance. They say that allows engineers to get out and assess the damage.

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