Water Resources of the United States
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:54:24 EDT
Summary: Catastrophic flooding continues in North and South Carolina in wake of Hurricane Florence.
Southeastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina received in excess of 20" of rain (40" in isolated areas). Major flooding is ongoing on the Cape Fear, Lumber, Waccamaw, Pee Dee, and Little Pee Dee Rivers. Preliminary analyses indicate annual exceedance probabililty of 0.002 at 10 gages, 0.005 at 3 gages, and 0.01 at 1 gage. Multiple peaks of records are occurring and still being evaluated. Coastal Plain rivers are still rising, some may not peak until next week. 25 fatalities have been attributed to Hurricane Florence and the ensuing flooding.
At least 18 gages have been damaged or destroyed (NC 13, SC 5). 62 SAWSC employees are currently making flood measurements and/or gage repairs. SAWSC is in continuous communication with NWS, FEMA, State EMDs and DOTs, USACE, and local law enforcement.