Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is warning the people of her state to prepare for the worst flooding in the history of South Carolina.
Haley updated the public at news conference Friday afternoon about the state's response to the expected heavy rains.
"We are about to go through something that we have never gone through before, we are going to see rainfall at historic levels," Haley said.
The governor already has declared a state of emergency, and she said she has signed an executive order to get help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. South Carolina Emergency Management Division's is already at an elevated state of alert, and the state's law agencies and transportation department are also ready to deploy a massive about of resources.
Haley said 1,000 national guardsman have been put on ready to be mobilized at a moment's notice, and 150,000 sandbags have been ordered. Haley and other state officials admitted that the number of sandbags may be too small. Forecasters say once the heavy rain is finished Sunday or Monday, all the runoff from the Upstate and the North Carolina will start to rush south toward the Midlands, which could cause the rivers to crest and flow over their banks by the middle of next week.
"When the rain is over that doesn't mean the flooding is over," said Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston with the South Carolina National Guard. "In fact, the flooding may just be starting."
Haley said people should plan on road closures and extensive power outages that could take days to repair.
"You need to plan on having a power outage for a few days," she said. "Food, water everything you need to do for a power outage, you need to be ready."
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In addition to stocking up on supplies, Haley said people should also fuel up their cars. She said anyone who lives near an area that normally floods should go ahead and leave that area. For others, she suggests staying indoors all weekend.
"If at all possible, it is best if you stay home, stay safe," she said.