Crews Using Tons or Rocks to Try Stabilizing Dam Compromised by Historic Flooding

AP LogoCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Crews are filling a sinkhole with rocks in the hope that it will keep a compromised dam in the Columbia area from breaching after historic flooding hit the South Carolina.

Local news outlets report that dump trucks were seen arriving at the Beaver Dam on Wednesday morning with about 400 tons of large rocks.

Authorities have ordered residents in about 1,000 homes downstream from the dam to evacuate immediately and seek higher ground in the event the dam doesn’t hold.

Authorities worked overnight to try to stabilize the dam after a sinkhole formed nearby, pumping water out of the pond to relieve pressure on the dam.

Meanwhile, rescue crews are searching for two people who are missing after their pickup truck entered flood water. Authorities say the driver went around barricades that had been set up to block traffic.

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