South Carolina Flood, Aug 1908


Railroad Traffic Is at a Standstill


Two Persons Lose Their Lives at Camden.

Unprecedented Rainfall Continues and All of Spartanburg Is Under Water---The Loss of Property Incalculable.

Charleston, Aug. 25.---A special from Camden, S. C., tonight tells of the washing away of the Wateree bridges at that place during the day and the probable loss of two lives.

The river, greatly swollen by the tremendous rains of the past forty-eight hours, caused the bridge to give way when a number of rafts and other craft jammed into the iron structure. There were a number of people on the bridge and some were rescued in trees and on the rafts.

George Rabon, a farmer of Camden, with a boy named Hinson, were on the structure in a wagon and have not been seen since.

The bridge was owned by a company and cost $15,000.

Great Damage Done.

Columbia, S. C. Aug. 25.----Reports received by The State tonight from Spartanburg and Anderson counties tell of unprecedented rains in the Piedmont sections of South Carolina, resulting in great damage to property, forcing power plants to close down, thus cutting off the source of power of a number of cotton mills, electric light plants and other enterprises.

Spartanburg county is under water as the result of a heavy rain that has been falling for forty-eight hours. It is estimated that $150,000 will not cover the damage to bridges in the county, a dozen or more having been washed away early in the afternoon.

A repetition of the disaster of 1903 is feared tonight. It is reported that the great dam across Lawson's Fork at Whitney Mill, three miles north of Spartanburg, has gone down in the floods.

Railroad transportation is at a standstill, the tracks being blocked by landslides and washouts.

From Anderson, S. C., come the same stories of heavy rains, ten inches of water having fallen in the last sixteen hours.

A train on the Charleston and Western Carolina Railway ran into a washout this morning and the engine was ditched. No loss of life in this accident is reported.

The rain is still falling in those sections of the State and further damage is feared.

Heavy Loss at Spartanburg.

Spartanburg, S. C., Aug. 25.---As a rebuilt of heavy rain for the past 48 hours the worst conditions experienced in this section since the disastrous flood of 1903 prevail.

Bridges and dams are being washed away and this city is without gas, electric light or power. As yet the big cotton mills along Pancolet[sic] river have not suffered greatly.

The dam of the city waterworks on Chinquapin stream was washed away, the city gas plant was flooded and the gas supply has to be cut off.

The damage along the line of the Southern Railway within a radius of fifty miles of Spartanburg was heavy between Greer and Taylor.

The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL 26 Aug 1908