Water Resources of the United States
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:28:49 EDT
Summary: Continued flooding in North and South Carolina from Hurricane Florence record rainfall.
North Carolina and South Carolina received state record rainfall from Hurricane Florence which made landfall last week. North Carolina received 34" and South Carolina received 23.6" Major flooding is ongoing in most of central and eastern North Carolina, and eastern South Carolina on the Cape Fear, Lumber, Waccamaw, Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee, and Lynches Rivers. Most NC rivers have crested and are now receding. The Waccamaw River in South Carolina will not peak until Tuesday or Wednesday of this coming week. Preliminary analyses indicate annual exceedance probabililty of 0.002 at 15 gages and 0.005 at 3 gages. 16 gages in North Carolina and 5 gages in South Carolina recorded period of record peaks. 42 fatalities have been attributed to Hurricane Florence and the ensuing flooding.
22 gages have been damaged or destroyed; All gages in North Carolina are currently operational. 31 SAWSC employees are currently working on storm sensor retrievals and high water mark documentation. SAWSC is in continuous communication with NWS, FEMA, State EMDs and DOTs, USACE, and local law enforcement.