The Latest: University of South Carolina avoids worst floods

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By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

While much of Columbia has been crippled by historic flooding, the sprawling University of South Carolina has not been hit nearly as hard.

Classes have been canceled, but the dorms on campus still have electricity and Wi-Fi. Students can still flush the toilet and shower, and the school is handing out free bottled water.

The campus covers 480 acres in downtown Columbia populated by nearly 33,000 students and 6,000 faculty and staff — practically a small city within the state’s capital city.

Spokesman Jeff Stensland says flood damage is limited, though the university remains under an advisory to boil water.

Some students have been working to help others, such as Cory Alpert, who with friends organized a list of more than 1,700 volunteers for the city and charities like the United Way.

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2 p.m.

Authorities have released the name of a 15th person killed in flooding in South Carolina, bringing the death toll to 17 in two states.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts on Tuesday said that the body of 30-year-old Sampson Pringle was recovered from a lake on Tuesday morning. Watts says there had been flooding in the area where Pringle’s body was recovered.

Watts did not say how Pringle died.

Pringle’s vehicle was found on Monday, and his family reported him missing.

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12:20 p.m.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she doesn’t have a dollar amount right now for the damage done by the historic rains and flooding in the state.

Haley said Tuesday that officials are still assessing the damage and trying to get roads and bridges repaired.

“We’re not going to stop until we need everything we need to get back up and running and fixed again,” she said.

She said the disaster “could be any amount of dollars.”

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12 p.m.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says God has smiled on the state in the form of sunshine, but she warns residents not to become complacent because several rivers have still not crested after the historic rains.

Haley said Tuesday that the state has officials on the ground in different areas watching and reporting about the water and rivers “minute by minute.”

She says there could still be some evacuations along some coastal areas of the state over the next 48 hours.

The governor also says more than 800 people are currently staying in shelters.

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11:30 p.m.

State public safety officials say 16 people have been killed in a storm that dumped historic levels of rain on South Carolina.

The Department of Public Safety says that eight people have drowned in South Carolina and six people died in traffic accidents. Two other people were killed in North Carolina.

Six of the deaths were in Richland County, South Carolina, where many areas surrounding the capital city of Columbia have battled record water levels.

On Tuesday, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified a man found drowned in his car as an 82-year-old Richard Nelson Milroy of Columbia. Watts says Milroy was found dead in his car after 10 p.m. on Monday in a neighborhood north of downtown Columbia.

Public Safety says its officers have responded to more than 4,300 calls for service, including more than 1,800 collisions.

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10:20 a.m.

Gov. Nikki Haley is planning to give an update on the state’s response to historic rainfall and flooding that has deluged many areas and claimed at least 11 lives in South Carolina.

Haley’s office says the governor is addressing reporters at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia.

On Monday, Haley warned communities downstream from the capital city that a mass of water was working its way through waterways toward the low-lying coast — bringing the potential for more flooding and more displaced residents.

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10 a.m.

Officials say they mistakenly reported that another dam in the Columbia area failed Tuesday as historic flooding hits the state.

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