North Carolina sends flood aid teams to South Carolina

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North Carolina sent four Helo Acquatic Rescue teams to South Carolina Sunday evening. "With the traumatic flooding occurring in South Carolina, I've directed North Carolina's Emergency Management officials to provide as much logistical support as they need from us," Gov. Pat McCrory said.  "Our state has sufficient personnel and supplies to keep North Carolinians safe if conditions warrant." 

Charlotte Fire Department sent six firefighters to South Carolina to help with the flooding. 

SC Governor tells residents to stay inside to avoid flooding. The Mayor of Columbia announced a curfew for the city from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, WACH reported.

Officials in South Carolina have closed a 70 miles section of I-95 between the I-20 and I-26 interchanges. They have activated 600 National Guardsmen. Nearly 30,000 customers were without power.

SC Governor Nikki Haley held a press conference to discuss statewide flooding.

"We haven't seen this level of rain in the low country in 1,000 years," Haley said. She confirmed three people have died in South Carolina from the flooding.

Haley said the Congaree River is at it's highest level since 1936. She says it is not going to clear up until Tuesday or Wednesday.

The record-setting rain has led to five deaths in the east, shut down roads and waterlogged crops continued, even as Hurricane Joaquin appeared to be changing its path.

Much of the torrential rainfall was centered in the Carolinas, but coastal communities as far as New Jersey were feeling the effects of unrelenting rainfall. reported coastal flooding and strong winds were expected to stick around through Sunday as the state anticipates a nor’easter to blow through. The National Weather Service said heavy surf along the Atlantic coast would worsen the flooding.

South Carolina officials told The Associated Press that there were more than 100 rescues across the state overnight due to heavy rain and flooding.

The state Department of Public Safety says officers responded to 323 accidents between 6 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday. The agency says it has cleared 138 trees in roadways and helped 140 motorists.

Classes will be canceled at the University of South Carolina Monday due to heavy rain and flooding. All campus activities will be canceled Sunday as well, according to the University.

The University of South Carolina is encouraging students and faculty to stay home for the rest of the day.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.