- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The latest on the flooding from a rainstorm that pounded South Carolina (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

The mayor of Columbia says he’s hopeful the city can lift a boil-water advisory for all water system customers in the next week or so.

Mayor Steve Benjamin said in an interview with The Associated Press that he’s pleased with the progress of repairs to the city’s water system since devastating flooding earlier this month.

He said repairs are going well along a canal that the city uses to gets its water.

Elsewhere, teams have made significant progress in repairs to the city’s drinking water and waste-water systems. But he said at least two locations still can’t be analyzed until more floodwater recedes.

Officials have been slowly lifting the boil-water advisory for certain parts of the area.

“It’s going to be very methodical, and it’s going to be very conservative,” he said of the process of lifting the advisory.

3:05 p.m.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation and several local governments plan to begin picking up debris from the massive floods in the state.

The DOT said its contractors will start picking up debris left at the side of the road Monday in Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Richland and Sumter counties.

The debris needs to be put by the road and separated into construction trash, household h Hazardous materials like paint, appliances and trees and plants.

Other local governments have their own rules. Lexington County is asking residents to mark large trash and other debris with orange tape.


12 p.m.

The University of South Carolina says it will resume classes on Monday after floods rocked the region around Columbia.

The university is joining a number of local school districts in the areas most affected by the flooding in the massive rainstorms in welcoming students back after a week off.

Richland School District 1, which includes the hard-hit area around the Forest Acres community will remain closed.

Many school districts are delaying classed by two hours so buses can drive routes in the daylight. Flooding washed out or undermined hundreds of roads and bridges across South Carolina.


11 a.m.

The death toll from the massive flooding has reached 19 people in South Carolina after troopers ruled that the deaths of two Orangeburg women in a wreck in Horry County were weather-related.

Authorities said 27-year-old Shykimia Holman and 21-year-old Brianna Johnson drowned Thursday night after their 2011 Honda lost control and flipped into a water-filled ditch on state Highway 22 west of North Myrtle Beach.

Twenty-one people in South Carolina and North Carolina have drowned or died in wrecks caused by the weather since the heavy rains and massive flooding began Oct. 2.

Authorities say all the deaths occurred in or near vehicles.


9:20 a.m.

The rain has again moved out of South Carolina, but not before causing more flooding in the state.

Authorities say Saturday’s problems were minor compared to the massive floods that happened when up to 20 inches of rain fell in some spots a week ago.

The National Weather Service says more than 6 inches of rain fell Saturday in Marion, causing several roads to close, including U.S. Highway 501. Authorities were able to reopen the main road to Myrtle Beach after a few hours.

Parts of hard-hit Clarendon County saw about 4 inches of rain. Several main routes went underwater for a few hours, but officials reported no new road closures.

Lexington County also saw up to 4 inches of rain. Dozens of roads were closed, but no other major problems were reported.

The forecast in South Carolina calls for a week of dry weather expect for a small chance of rain Tuesday. Amounts are expected to be under 0.25 inches.


9:15 a.m.

The city of Columbia has lifted its boil water advisory for more customers.

The city says customers north of Interstate 20 between the Broad River and Hardscrabble Road no longer have to boil their water before drinking it.

The advisory was issued a week ago after the canal that the city uses to gets its water was breached and the system suffered dozens of breaks in massive flooding.

The majority of Columbia’s water customers still must boil their water. Officials say that order will remain until they stabilize the supply of water in the Columbia canal and fix the remaining line breaks.

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