Weather and Natural Disasters

South Carolina's rain and floods, by the numbers

Hunter Baker surveys flood damage to his neighborhood near the flooded Black Creek following heavy rains in Florence, S.C., Oct. 5, 2015.
Gerry Broome | AP

After days of deluges, residents of the Carolinas are sizing up what the floods have done to their states.

As of Monday afternoon, when the worst of the rain stopped, the National Weather Service said rainfall totals in the hardest hit areas in South Carolina had received more than 2 feet of rain since last week.

NWS Carolina total rainfall

The South Carolina town hit by the most rainfall, Mount Pleasant, got almost 27 inches, according to the weather service. A total of about 11 trillion gallons of water had fallen across North and South Carolina combined. More rain is coming this weekend, forecasters said Thursday.

Historic flooding hits South Carolina
Historic flooding hits South Carolina

The amount of water that fell in South Carolina was enough for 1.2 million gallons for every person in the state, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of WeatherBELL.

And, as meteorologist Brad Panovich of NBC affiliate WCNC in Charlotte noted, the amount of rain that fell in South Carolina was enough to give everyone in North Carolina ... and California ... a filled, Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Still, meteorologist Jan Null of Golden Gate Weather Services said the amount wouldn't be nearly enough to make up for California's rain deficit.

Jan Null

The death toll in South Carolina from the floods was 17 and two in North Carolina as of Thursday.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley listed some other numbers in a few separate press conferences over the last few days:

  • 40,000 households had no running water, 26,000 had no electricity as of Monday.
  • State highway patrol officers have responded to 4,926 service calls over the last several days.
  • 2,122 of those calls have been responses to vehicle collisions.
  • There are 3,000 National Guardsman in the state, and that number will increase to 5,000 Haley said Wednesday.
  • 600 people and hundreds of pets had been rescued.
  • 824 people were in shelters as of Wednesday.
  • 13 dams had failed, and 62 were being monitored.
  • 74 miles of interstate highway were closed as of Tuesday.

"It appears to be an absolute certainty that the final damage bill is going to be above $1 billion, but until the waters fully recede and homeowners and businesses can take a complete assessment of the damage, we won't know for sure," said Steve Bowen, a meteorologist for Aon Benfield.

Flooding in the Shadowmoss Plantation, located in the Charleston subdivision of West Ashley, South Carolina, October 4, 2015.
South Carolina flood losses: $1 billion and rising

"Things are getting better in the Midlands [region of the state]," Haley told reporters Wednesday night. "Things are about to get worse on the coast."