Rain, Rain, Go Away



Sean Nance walks through floodwaters carrying some work clothes as he evacuates from his apartment in the Ashborough subdivision near Summerville, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Residents are concerned that the Ashley River will continue to rise as floodwaters come down from Columbia. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Ashli Robinson, Staff Writer

As a kid, you might have gone outside during the rain and played in it, jumped in puddles, or just enjoyed the musical sound of rainfall. To the residents of South Carolina, the flooding of October 4th, 2015 was anything but musical.

Residents watched as their belongings were swept away by the flood, a flood some residents call the “thousand year rainfall.” The death toll rose to fifteen while the damage totaled at least one billion dollars.

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We are helping families across South Carolina that are in need of shelter, disaster relief and comfort”

— Louise Welch Williams

“While the rainfall is over, we now have the problem of all the water that fell in the northern watersheds draining, making way into the rivers. As that water moves south, there’s the potential for river flooding. In Columbia, for example, our main river, the Congaree River, has yet to crest, and as you go further downstream the crest will be delayed for a few days, so we’re still in the middle of it,” said Susan Cutter, Director of the Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina, in a phone interview with Observer News.

Some areas were hit harder than others, such as a whopping 23.73 inches of rain in Kingstree, South Carolina.

Meteorologists suggest that there may be more rain on the way, and may be expecting anywhere from five to seven more inches in the near future, as well as a boil water advisory for most of the state, as they will more than likely be out of clean water and food for a couple of days.

Despite the major flooding South Carolina experienced, there is still hope and a road to recovery. Firefighters, police, and paramedics have set out to help the flood victims find safety, and volunteers help repair some of the costly damages.

Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross in South Carolina, according to the American Red Cross website, explained “We are also welcoming members of the community who want to help to join us as Red Cross disaster volunteers.”
To aid in the flood relief, you can donate to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts by texting ‘Storm’ to 51555 or go online at Salvation Army’s website to donate and save lives.