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Dry Weather to Aid Recovery, Cleanup of Historic Flooding in Carolinas

While waters will be slow to recede across flood-ravaged South Carolina, dry weather will return and provide favorable conditions for cleanup efforts across the region.

Dry conditions are forecast to sweep over the eastern part of the Carolinas on Tuesday, finally bringing an end to the prolonged, historic rain that fell over the region.

This dry weather will last through the end of the week, allowing flood waters and river levels to begin to recede and helping people that are cleaning up the devastation that the flooding left behind.

Rain initially moved into the Carolinas late last week and intensified heading into the weekend with some of the heaviest and most widespread rain falling on Saturday.

Some locations, such as Charleston, South Carolina, received more rain this weekend than they typically receive in several months.

Cainhoy, South Carolina, recorded one of the highest rainfall totals in the area, measuring a staggering 26.88 inches of rain.

"A very unusual combination of weather macros came together in just the right way to produce rainfall rates rarely experienced," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

"The output of the weather pattern produced historic rainfall this weekend," he added.

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The rain-free weather this week will be beneficial for those helping flood victims, crews delivering supplies and people starting to return to their daily lives.

The break in the weather will also help utility companies restore services, such as electricity and running water, to thousands of customers who experienced interruptions in service due to the rain, wind and flooding.

However, some areas may stay inundated in flood waters and remain inaccessible for several days due to the slow pace at which the waters retreat.

While locations along smaller streams and rivers may see the flood waters recede quickly, it will take much longer for them to recede in areas close to major rivers and where drainage systems have been completely backed up.

It may be several weeks before the largest rivers return to normal due to the significant amount of water that is slowly draining into the river and making its way downstream.

The Edisto River is one of these rivers that will be slow to drain.

During the once-in-500-year rainfall event, the water level of the Edisto River north of Charleston only reached minor flood stage. However, the river level will reach major flood stage in the coming days as tributaries dump flood waters into the river, causing the lower Edisto River to approach record levels.

This can bring about a renewed flood threat to areas near the river where flood waters have already receded.

People living or performing cleanup in areas along major rivers like the Edisto should continue to monitor the river levels closely even though the rain has ended.

The next chance for any rain over the Carolinas looks to arrive during the weekend but will be far from the flooding rain that moved through.

"It appears that the next threat for rain for the Carolinas comes on Saturday as a cold front comes down from the northwest," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

"The best chance for a period of organized rain will be across North Carolina, be we certainly don't anticipate any additional flooding to occur through the weekend," Edwards added.