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At least seven people are dead due to record-breaking rain and floods in South Carolina that also cut power to 20,000 homes, CNN reports.

The state was hit with the most rainfall between Saturday and Sunday. An indirect effect of moisture from Hurricane Joaquin and a combination of northeast winds caused the rain, bringing the “1-in-1,000” year chance of extremely heavy rainfall the state has ever faced.

President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency, while Gov. Nikki Haley urged over 300,000 citizens in Columbia to stay indoors and boil drinking water.

“This was flooding like we haven’t seen before,” Haley said Sunday afternoon. “Our goal is all hands on deck. If you are in your house, stay in your house, don’t go out in it and take pictures,” she said. “The water’s not safe, the water’s got bacteria in it.”

Charleston faced 10.5 inches of rain over the weekend, while other places like Myrtle Beach had just over 15. The rain is expected to slow down Monday, but the effects remain catastrophic.

At least 600 National Guardsmen, 11 aircraft and eight swift water rescue teams are taking part in search and rescue efforts, the governor said Sunday. More than 200 water rescues took place in the state from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, the state’s emergency management agency said.

The city of Columbia will evaluate the curfew that was announced Sunday evening. Citizens were recommended to stay indoors until Monday morning at 6 a.m. Residents have also banded together by using boats to help those stranded by the rainfall.

Schools were closed and Haley urged government buildings to also close their doors in the wake of the unprecedented rainfall.

SOURCE: CNN | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform 

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