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The original Drought Committee meeting was postponed Oct. 5 due to the state's emergency response to the historic rain and flooding event. The committee officially met Friday, but decided to retroactively designate the date of the downgrade to Oct. 5. "It is important for documentation and future research that the drought designations timely reflect actual conditions," said S.C. State Climatologist Hope Mizell. "While Committee members were unable to convene to discuss the drought until late October, it was unanimously recognized that the drought ended following the historic rains in early October." The official designation reflects no drought as of Oct. 5.