05 October 2015

Charleston's flooding disaster

I lose points as a regular blogger lately but I have a good excuse. I've been consumed with watching the news and pictures of the disaster area that my state of South Carolina has become and haven't had much of a heart for posting pictures.

I read twitter constantly to keep up with what is happening and facebook to check on my friends and coworkers. I checked the news for updates and throughout the flooding kept getting up to check my front and back windows looking into the dark of Friday night to see the water level. I finally crashed exhausted and woke to the phone ringing.

I walked to the back door with phone in hand and discovered that the water was at my back door and was a solid lake beyond me to a large retention ditch that had overflowed. I ran to the front door and the water was already one step away from coming in the house. My car had been moved halfway up the drive but was already sitting in water. The shed had a foot and a half of water in it.

I went into crazy person mode preparing for water in the house by lifting furniture, rolling carpets, putting plastic on heavy furniture legs and pulling out drawers. My son came over and rescued me to his house in North Charleston for the night.

Miracle of miracles the water did not come in my house. Homes below and around the corner got as much as five inches inside. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I've been running extension cords, fans and heaters to dry things out and went to work today catching up with everyone's story. What a mess we've been through and for so many people it is still going on. My part of town had as much as 25 inches of rain, the peninsula was completely closed with most parts of town closed to any traffic. As we dry out and assess damage in Charleston, Columbia and Georgetown are experiencing their own disaster. It has been raining again today but a hope for clearing tomorrow.

Thanks for all the caring messages and notes. They meant so much. I am off to sleep in a dry bed and am grateful for it. Stay safe, kids.