First Responders monitoring flood prone areas, ready to mobilize


Parts of the Carolinas under water and the rain is not letting up through the weekend. First responders in the Upstate are on standby as the severe weather moves through our area. 

Helmets, boots and life vest are โ€œjust a few pieces of equipment that we use,โ€ said Greenville County Emergency Management Services Supervisor Russ Beam. 

Greenville County EMS crews are ready to mobilize during severe weather. When heavy rains linger in the Upstate, Beams says rescue teams closely monitor areas prone to flooding. โ€œThereโ€™s a couple areas we have that almost have a blow shape,โ€ Beam told 7News. 

Beam warns drivers to avoid getting caught in deep waters, because even the biggest SUV canโ€™t compete with the power of fast-moving water. 

โ€œWhat they donโ€™t understand is the force that moving water carries,โ€ he said. โ€œAs little as 6 inches can pick a vehicle up and start to take control of it.โ€

When cars get washed away drivers risk their lives and put First Responders, tasked with rescuing them, in danger. 

โ€œAnytime we go out with a boat team, or crew, we actually tether ourselves to the raft that way if we were to drop off in a hole or anything like that we are already covered in that sense,โ€ said Beam. 

Floods kill more people than any other thunderstorm hazard according to the National Weather Service. Supervisor Beam says the best thing to do is stay put, but if you find yourself getting caught in the drift call for help immediately and seek higher ground. 

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