Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Agenda: Parts of SC named federal disaster areas; Flood effects will continue; Scrutiny of 'suicide by cop'

Columbia infrastructure failing after historic rains

Posted by Sam Spence on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 11:51 AM

click to enlarge North Charleston crews surveyed local flooding on Sunday - RYAN JOHNSON/CITY OF NORTH CHARLESTON
  • Ryan Johnson/City of North Charleston
  • North Charleston crews surveyed local flooding on Sunday

President Barack Obama declared parts of the state a federal disaster area yesterday, making it possible for those affected to begin applying for assistance. Charleston County says people can begin applying at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Source: P&C

A number of emergency alerts have been issued in Columbia as floodwaters continue rising behind local dams and levies, a few of which have broken and triggering flash floods in residential areas. Source: The State, Weather Channel

But the trouble isn't over yet. As flood waters surge downstream, waterways far-removed from the Midlands could soon feel the effects of the torrential rains. Source: AP

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has started pushing for federal assistance in his home state, but was put on the spot yesterday when CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked him why he voted against financing similar assistance in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy in 2013. Source: CNN

After canceling presidential campaign events in Hilton Head this week to address catastrophic flooding in the state, a local Republican, Tom Hatfield, who would have moderated the event called Graham's cancelation a "lame excuse." SCGOP Chairman Matt Moore distanced the state party from Hatfield, calling the comments "absolutely embarassing." Source: Beaufort Gazette

Though trains continued to run along rail lines serving the Port of Charleston as recently as Sunday, Norfolk Southern says it has halted train service until at least Friday to repair damaged rails along three stretches in South Carolina. Source: CRBJ

Mashable's science editor says the South Carolina flooding is "the type of event climate scientists have warned about for years." Source: Mashable

As increased scrutiny is placed on officer-involved shootings, a Guardian US story looks at cases where fatal police shootings were ruled as "suicide by cop." Two of the seven deaths mentioned in the story are from in South Carolina, including Shamir Palmer, who was shot and killed by Dorchester deputies after fleeing police. That case was ruled as a suicide by Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet, who has since been indicted for misconduct stemming from an unrelated event and suspended from office by the governor. Source: Guardian

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