Death toll from South Carolina flooding rises to 16
COLUMBIA, S.C. - State public safety officials say 16 people have been killed in a storm that dumped historic levels of rain on South Carolina.
The Department of Public Safety says that eight people have drowned in South Carolina and six people died in traffic accidents. Two other people were killed in North Carolina.
Six of the deaths were in Richland County, South Carolina, where many areas surrounding the capital city of Columbia have battled record water levels.
On Tuesday, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified a man found drowned in his car as an 82-year-old Richard Nelson Milroy of Columbia. Watts says Milroy was found dead in his car after 10 p.m. on Monday in a neighborhood north of downtown Columbia.
Public Safety says its officers have responded to more than 4,300 calls for service, including more than 1,800 collisions.