2 dead after van swept away in S. Carolina amid Florence flooding

22 Septembre, 2018, 21:41 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Floodwaters surround an area in South Carolina

They've also evacuated hundreds of people from homes and buildings.

Thompson said he did not think the women were in restraints in the back of the van, noting that restraints are used for combative patients "and I understand they were not".

The mayor of Nichols, South Carolina, says his tiny town is underwater again.

The Little Pee Dee and the Lumber rivers flow past either side of town before converging about 3 miles (5 kilometers) downstream.

No official forecast has been given on when the rivers might crest.

After submerging North Carolina with almost one metre of rain, the storm dumped more than 16.5cm of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding.

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says search-and-rescue teams responded late Tuesday to a report of a body just south of Fayetteville. The sheriff's office didn't immediately confirm that was the case for that van.

Richardson said the deputies and two patients began the trip that afternoon from a hospital near Conway, where tributaries of the Pee Dee River are overflowing their banks.

Justin Bamberg, a state lawmaker and lawyer who has represented the families of several people injured or killed by law enforcement officers, said Wednesday he's perplexed by the decision to transport anyone in such uncertain weather conditions.

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SLED, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Horry County Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident.

The van was traveling west on Highway 76 into neighboring Marion County when floodwaters overcame the vehicle.

The paper reported that a therapist chose to commit Green, a mother of four, after she showed up for a counseling session on Tuesday morning. The former hurricane swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market.

Two women in the back of a sheriff's van drowned Tuesday evening when deputies tried to drive down a SC road flooded by tropical storm Florence.

They had to suspend recovery efforts due to rising water. That effort resumed Wednesday morning, but Thompson said a specialized crew was being flown in from Charleston to assist.

The van was carrying the detainees to a different facility in Darlington, South Carolina when it was overtaken by flood waters on Tuesday. The two deaths will push Florence's toll across three states to almost 40 victims.

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson confirmed to AP earlier Tuesday that two women died in the incident. Their names have not been released.

Two deputies tried to help the victims, but the floodwater rapidly rose and the deputies couldn't open the doors, according to the sheriff's office. The two deputies were rescued, the occupants have not been recovered.

"We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event".

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