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The South Carolina Deluge: Lessons from a Watershed Disaster

Topics: Emergency Management, Homeland Security Theory Policy and Practice, Transportation, Water/Wastewater, Critical Infrastructure Theory, Policy and Practice,

This report analyzes the October 2015 South Carolina record breaking rainstorms that lasted for over five days and the resulting cascading impacts. During this disaster, multiple dams were overtopped or destroyed, resulting in massive damage to critical infrastructure systems. This included over 500 roads and bridges, 36 dams, 160,000 homes, and resulted in the death of 19 people. This report draws on interviews with state, local and federal officials, activists, local researchers and flooding experts, and impacted citizens with the primary aim of informing similarly situated communities.

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