SC capital hit hard by driving rains and flooding
Officials with the South Carolina capital city of Columbia say many residents are without drinking water because of water main breaks from the flooding.
Officials say in a news release that greater downtown Columbia and southeast Richland County are most affected. They also say those affected should be prepared to be without potable water from the city system for three to four days.
Earlier, the city issued a boil water advisory for all of its 375,000 customers.
The powerful rainstorm has dumped more than a foot of rain on Columbia, swamping hundreds of businesses and homes. Emergency workers have waded into waist-deep water to help people trapped in cars, dozens of boats have fanned out to rescue people in flooded neighborhoods and some have been plucked from rooftops by helicopters.