WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A section of Interstate 95 in South Carolina has been closed because of flooding. The Department of Public Safety said Wednesday evening that the highway was closed in both directions at the 175 mile marker because of high water levels at the bridges crossing the Great Pee Dee River.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Officials say two women being transported to a mental health facility by deputies have drowned when they were trapped in the van as it was engulfed in rising South Carolina floodwaters. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said the bodies of 45-year-old Windy Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green were recovered from the van Wednesday evening. The incident is under investigation and the deputies are on administrative leave.
RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) - Two correctional officers in South Carolina are accused of smuggling drugs including cocaine and synthetic marijuana into a prison. News outlets report Shavonia Shara Glaze and Amanda Nicole Wells were arrested this week on charges including furnishing or attempting to furnish contraband to a prisoner. Warrants for the Ridgeland Correctional Institution correctional officers say Wells was attempting to smuggle LSD and the synthetic marijuana into the prison while Glaze had cocaine.
HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) - President Donald Trump says South Carolina is in for a "rough few days" in the aftermath of Florence, but assures the state that the federal government "is behind you." Trump spoke Wednesday at an emergency management center in the city of Conway, near Myrtle Beach. He noted that he visited North Carolina earlier in the day to survey other damage caused by Florence. He tells South Carolina "all that water is coming your way."
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