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South Carolina continues flood cleanup despite more rain

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The flooding that struck last weekend left destruction behind and it's still not over.  Homes were lost, lives have been taken and many still need shelter. Now, as more rain is sweeping through the state Governor Nikki Haley wants people to still take precaution. 

"Stay off the roads today if you don't have to get out, just because we're concerned with already saturated soil areas that have already been impacted by the rain," said Haley. 

There are currently five disaster recovery centers open and across the state many have been volunteering to help those without shelter and have been donating items they may need. 

"DNR and law enforcement have had 850 rescues of people and animals and pets," Haley said. 

The governor said there is still reason for concern. Water levels at the Santee River could rise and state officials are recommending the people there should evacuate.  

"Listen to your governor, listen to your mayor when it comes to what they tell you about your own safety. If they tell you to evacuate, evacuate, if they tell you to be careful, be careful," said Jeh Johnson the Secretary of Homeland Security.

State officials said in a press conference on Saturday that the recovery efforts have begun although some are still on alert for possible dangers from the flooding. 

"FEMA has more than 100 people deployed on the ground here in South Carolina and more are being added everyday," said Johnson.

And with no estimate quite yet on the damage done, Haley said the devastation to the people that have been affected is far more important than a dollar amount. 

"There is our beautiful South Carolina underneath all this water, so we will get back to her and that will happen, and we'll come back to where we've been," said Haley.

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