Colleton County flooding: residents urged to evacuate Edisto River area

From Charleston, to Myrtle Beach, Columbia, and Greenville, days of continuous rain kept much of South Carolina under water. At least 12 people have been killed over the weekend flooding and on Monday, thousands of people remained without power or clean drinking water. Emergency response teams deployed from areas like from the Lowcountry to assist in rescue missions and to open shelter around the state.

One American Red Cross team opened a shelter in Colleton County, where residents in Edisto and along the Edisto River began evacuating their homes. The river had already flooded some 15 feet, and more is expected.

Colleton County schools were canceled on Monday and Tuesday, because some roads had washed out, impassible to school buses. Dirt roads like Meeting House Lane were particularly flooded, more than four feet in spots. Neighbors used canoes to get up to their houses.

"Oh, that was a dry dirt road, yeah," neighbor Tim Crowley remarked at his flooded driveway. "The water, it hadn't even reached my retainer wall yet," he says of when he had left his home the night before. "It was about three feet from my retainer wall."

Crowley waded through the street to get to his house, which is fortunately alright for now.

"I'm built up off the ground a bit, so I'm feeling sure it's probably in the basement by now," he said on Monday afternoon.

Emergency Operations staff expected between one and three feet more water to rise, at least. Crews were door to door urging residents to evacuate from the Edisto River area along Highway 61.

Red Cross volunteers from the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area traveled to Cottageville to Jericho United Methodist Church at 1901 Peirce Road, where a shelter is open to all evacuees who need a place to stay.

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