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The Latest: South Carolina capital pounded by rain

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The latest on the rainstorm that is pounding parts of the East Coast (all times local):
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9:50 a.m.

High-tide floodwaters are receding along the lower Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

The water rose to about 6 inches on low-lying streets of the town of Crisfield on Sunday morning.

Meteorologists forecast a lower afternoon high tide as the weather grows calmer. The flooding has been mild compared to that from Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed the town's fishing pier in 2012. It's since been rebuilt.
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9:40 a.m.

The National Weather Service is reporting major flooding in the South Carolina capital of Columbia, the result of a dangerous rainstorm drenching parts of the East Coast.

Police say officers and firefighters have been rescuing stranded motorists around Columbia. Fire officials said Sunday morning that they had made more than 50 swift-water rescues, and they're responding to dozens more calls for help.

The police department said there are too many road closures in the area to name and that emergency dispatchers are working hard to keep up with the call volume.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin sent a message on Twitter asking residents to: "Please, please stay off of the roads!"

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