CHARLESTON, United States – Record rainfall left large areas of the US southeast under water on Sunday as roads were closed and residents were warned to stay indoors.
The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit by heavy flooding, but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast.
The wild weather was blamed for at least four deaths in the Carolinas since Thursday.
The storms are part of a weather system separate from Hurricane Joaquin, which was downgraded to a Category Two storm as it headed toward Bermuda.
"We haven't seen this level of rain in the low country in 1,000 years," South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said at a press briefing, urging people to stay inside to keep safe.
"This is not something to be out taking pictures of. This is not something that you want your kids playing in. The water is not safe.
"And a lot of areas across the state where you see this deep water, it's got bacteria in it. So stay inside and don't get in there," she stressed.
"This is an incident we've never had before." President Barack Obama has issued an emergency declaration for the state, ordering federal aid for areas affected by flooding.--AFP