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South Carolina Flood (progress in the making on this house)

 

There were 16 laymen workers on two houses this week from the National Baptist Convention.

  Story highlights

·         At least 11 dams have failed or been breached in South Carolina, authorities say
·         More than 400,000 South Carolina residents under a "boil water advisory"
·         At least 17 people are dead -- 15 reported in South Carolina and two in North Carolina
               
                                                                  Wednesday, October 7, 2015
      

(CNN)The rain may have stopped, but South Carolina is grappling with a host of new concerns. Dam breaks. Billions of dollars in damage. And rivers that still haven't crested.

"We still have to be cautious," Gov. Nikki Haley told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. "The next 36 to 48 hours are going to be a time that we need to continue to be careful."

Haley declined to provide an estimated cost of the damage -- which she called "disturbing" -- but said state and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were making assessments.

"It's hard to look at the loss we're going to have," she said. "This could be any amount of dollars."

More than 400,000 state residents were under a "boil water advisory" affecting about 16 water systems, said Jim Beasley, a spokesman for the S.C. Emergency Response Team.

South Carolina flooding: 'We have lost everything'

Here's the latest on the mammoth flooding in the region:

 

Dam breaks

 

At least 11 dams have failed in South Carolina since Saturday, the state's Emergency Management Division said. Another 35 dams were being monitored.

One failure, of the Overcreek Bridge dam in Richland County's Forest Acres, sent a torrent of floodwater raging downstream and forced evacuations near Columbia.