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Rep. Sanford: Worst of SC's Flooding Still Coming

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 October 2015 12:56 PM

The torrential rains have stopped in South Carolina, but the catastrophic flooding that has claimed 13 lives and destroyed thousands of homes is far from over, Rep. Mark Sanford said Tuesday.

"The number of bridges and roads out is unprecedented, and so we have a real snarl, particularly as you move inland up towards Columbia, the epicenter of what's occurred" the South Carolina Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

"Almost 20 dams have broken, breached in the state and in some ways the worst of the flooding still ahead of us, because the water that came down in the upstate, in the Midlands is heading to the coast. The river outside of Charleston will not crest until this weekend, so there is more bad to come."

The disaster could also be financially catastrophic, Sanford said, as many people who live inland may not have federal flood insurance. They'll be eligible for individual assistance if they are in the regions that have been declared major disaster zones through FEMA, but that caps out at around $30,000, he continued.

And although the rain came as a result of the offshore Hurricane Joaquin, Sanford said the situation was not like one when a predicted hurricane makes landfall.

"Officials did as much as they could do from a meteorological standpoint," he said. "It was indeed a perfect storm, the way that a low pressure system, a cold front and hurricane offshore combined to create unprecedented levels of rain. A lot of these areas saw 2 feet of rain over the weekend."

Not only that, but there was more rain ahead of that and more rain still coming, he continued, "so there's not a lot you can do. It's not like a hurricane wherein you can see it coming five days out ... you don't have that in a cold front that stalls with a low pressure system."

Sanford also spoke about the upcoming race for House speaker, calling Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the favorite for the race, a "very capable guy," but he also is seen as being an "establishment" member, and that could be a problem, as there are "outsider challenges" coming from Florida Rep. Daniel Webster and Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

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The torrential rains have stopped in South Carolina, but the catastrophic flooding that has claimed 13 lives and destroyed thousands of homes is far from over, Rep. Mark Sanford said Tuesday.
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