With South Carolina experiencing dangerous flooding unlike any it has ever seen, authorities have urged people to be extremely cautious and avoid driving in water of unknown depths.
It appears that one such semitruck driver did not receive or chose to not heed such a warning.
“What in the world?” a woman watching the scene on Highway 15 in Sumter said in disbelief as she saw the truck moving along engine deep in what looked like a river covering the road below.
“If he makes it, I give him all the credit in the world,” she continued.
Chugging along, the truck began to enter slight shallower water and it started to seem as if the 18-wheeler was going to come out of the worst of it.
“I’ll be damned, he made it,” a man said in the video.
Heavy rain continued in South Carolina Monday, adding to the already water-logged state’s woes. There have been at least nine weather-related deaths in two states due to the rainstorm.
Sunday was the wettest day in the history of South Carolina’s capital city Columbia, according to the National Weather Service. The rainfall total at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport was 6.87 inches, the most rain that’s ever fallen there in one day. One weather station near downtown recorded 17 inches in as many hours on Sunday.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has said the deluge is the kind of storm seen only once in 1,000 years.
On Monday, she said 381 roads and 127 bridges were closed across the state, and 1,000 law enforcement officers and 1,000 transportation department personnel were working to make them safe. All roads and bridges will have to be checked for structural integrity, which could take weeks or longer.
The governor said most people are heeding her plea to stay off the roads.