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Hurricane Florence to test South Carolina infrastructure

FILE-In this Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, a house sits in flood-Nichols, S. C. The residents of a small town in South Carolina, which was rebuilt after a flood in the interior of a hurricane destroyed 90 percent of the homes that two years ago, are worried as forecasters warn of floods in the interior of the Hurricane Florence rain would be one of the most dangerous and most devastating parts of the storm. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)

COLUMBIA, S. C. – torrential rains of Hurricane Florence will be the test of South Carolina in the infrastructure, which is not covered by the historic floods in 2015.

The devastating 2015 floods contributed to 19 deaths and crippling parts of the capital city of Columbia, for months. The state of the infrastructure, weakened by years of neglect, crumbled under the pressure of almost 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain. Dams burst in the whole country. Roads washed out and bridges were compromised.

South Carolina has 42,000 miles of state-maintained roads, according to the state Department of Transportation. Spokesman Pete Poore says the agency is the positioning of the crews of the 3200 maintenance workers in the entire state to be ready to repair broken traffic lights, barricade problem areas and do everything necessary to make the roads safe again after Florence.

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