"Failing Dams Threatened Teens, Closed Highway"

"When a pond dam near Marion failed during Hurricane Florence, water rushed across U.S. 501, closing the highway that connects Myrtle Beach with the interior of South Carolina.

About the same time, a dam in rural Chesterfield County breached, sending a pulse of water into a youth home and forcing an evacuation, local authorities said. Sheriff’s deputies had to rescue one of the home’s managers from the top of a car as the water rose.

Those dam collapses, among at least a dozen S.C. dam failures during Florence, once again have put the spotlight on whether South Carolina’s dam-safety program is getting the job done."

Sammy Fretwell reports for the Columbia State September 25, 2018.

Source: Columbia (SC) State, 09/26/2018