GREENVILLE, S.C. — A woman has died and the man she was with is missing after they were swept away by flash floods caused by more than 5 inches of rain falling in a few hours in Greenville overnight.
A witness saw the couple get out of their car in rising flood waters near Haywood Mall around 11 p.m. Friday, then get pulled off their feet and into a storm pipe, Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans said. Their names have not been released.
The woman’s body was found by rescue crews Sunday morning about 1 1/2 miles downstream in Laurel Creek, Evans said. Crews are still searching for the man.
“I assume they were just trying to get somewhere safe,” Evans said.
A thunderstorm formed over Greenville and the surrounding areas around 10 p.m. Saturday and dumped 5 to 6 inches of rain in some areas before dissipating, according to the National Weather Service.
Two people suffered minor injuries when their cars tumbled into a hole left when a small bridge was washed out in Greer. The flooding also shut down Interstate 85 in Greenville for a few hours.
The Reedy River in downtown Greenville went from just under 3 feet as the rains began to nearly 11 feet in just a few hours. Flood stage is 9 feet.
The storms also caused some flooding in Anderson County, but no major damage was reported.
The storms are forming along a stalled front in South Carolina. Forecasters said more heavy rain is possible Sunday, and a flash flood watch has been issued for all of South Carolina except the Upstate.
Areas of downtown Columbia flooded Saturday evening after 3 inches of rain fell, and heavy rains and high tides led to flooding in Charleston.