Flooding in South Carolina: 19 Breached Dams, Billions in Damage


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Major Flooding in South Carolina: CCI Alerted

Wildfires in California, Hurricanes in the Atlantic, and now flooding in South Carolina! With 11 people confirmed dead and potentially billions of dollars in damage, South Carolina residents have endured some of the most significant flooding in the state’s history. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), some portions of the state have received record rainfall with officials stating that this storm was a “once in a one thousand year event.” In other words, the flooding in South Carolina is of historic magnitude. So far, about 40,000 people are without water and 19 dams have been breached leading to forced evacuations in many communities.

One of the biggest challenges of dealing with a disaster like this is figuring out how to get clean drinking water to the impacted people. During a massive flood, municipal water supplies can become contaminated or may cease to function all together. Pair this with widespread power outages, and you have a situation that can quickly turn dire. Typically, bottled water is first brought in to provide some temporary relief to victims. Soon after though, more practical sources of clean potable water are needed to supply the demands of the disaster while also keeping disaster relief costs to the community low.

This is where Central Coast Industries (CCI’s) potable water trucks can be brought in and set up to provide a more long term drinking water solution to displaced residents. Each potable water truck can carry 2,000 gallons of water which can supply 500 people’s drinking water needs for up to 4 days. Multiple trucks can be strategically located around the community and placed at shelters, relief centers, as well as government facilities in order to supply everyone’s needs at once. With potable water available to the survivors, the side effects and residual damages of a disaster can be mitigated increasing victims’ comfort and speeding up the recovery effort.

In addition to clean drinking water, disaster victims need access to showers, restrooms, and hand washing stations. These sanitation facilities are vital to survival in that they help ensure that a disaster is not made worse by introducing conditions which could result in the spread of disease. Floodwaters are notorious for being infested with bacteria. Anyone who has come into contact with floodwater is potentially harboring disease causing bacteria, viruses and/or deleterious chemicals. Therefore, shower facilities, clean restrooms, and hand washing stations are necessary to remove bacteria and contaminants from people’s bodies in order to improve hygiene and prevent the spread of disease.

CCI’s fleet of restroom trailers and showering facilities can easily supplement any shelter by providing a hygienic and comfortable location for people to get cleaned up. CCI of South Carolina offers a variety of portable sanitation units including standard porta-potties, shower trailers, hand washing trailers, ADA restrooms, and even a restroom trailers complete with amenities including flushing toilets, air conditioning, and running water. No disaster relief effort would be complete without providing survivors (as well as responders) a means to decontaminate and use a restroom that’s clean and comfortable.

The floods in South Carolina have also made the electrical grid inoperable in some communities. Current estimates are that 3,500 residents are without power. During a disaster, access to electricity is necessary to facilitate communication among victims as well as responders. In addition to this, many residents rely on electricity for cooking as well as heating and may require power to boil water for drinking. Aside from food, shelter, and water, electricity is often considered an essential amenity for the disaster relief effort as it can make recovery from significantly easier.

Therefore, when a long term power outage is expected, generators may be needed to provide electricity to those in need as well as the responders and volunteers who are employed to provide disaster relief. CCI has whisper quiet portable diesel powered generators that can provide most, if not all, of the temporary electricity needs of those involve in a disaster such as the floods in South Carolina. Mounted on trailers, CCI’s generators can be delivered to almost any site and set to run around the clock.

For over twenty (20) years CCI has been dedicated to providing customers with reliable equipment and service. Central Coast Industries (CCI), specializes in supporting disaster response efforts by providing rapid deployment of portable sanitation equipment, potable water trucks, and trailer mounted electrical generators. CCI provides emergency response clean water sanitation to organizations like FEMA, The American Red Cross and many other diaster cleanup teams. Whatever the community’s needs, CCI can deliver.

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