The 1,000 Year Flood

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The 1,000 Year Flood

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The cafeteria buzzed on Thursday, October 1st, as news broke that AR’s home football game might be played that night due to the thunderstorms and potential flash flooding. What the students didn’t know was that they would have the next six days off from school.  Cancellations were reported daily and curfews were imposed.

The water kept rising. Hurricane Joaquin was predicted to hit the East Coast but shifted into the Atlantic Ocean so the storm that affected South Carolina was not what people were preparing for.

Columbia was hit the hardest with over 20 inches of rain. Broken dams meant the people of the city had contaminated water. Most rivers in the state crested. Thousands were encouraged to evacuate their homes. Roads and bridges were washed out or under water.

Summerville High School opened as a shelter for those in need. Students from Ashley Ridge and members of our community who reside in the Ashborough subdivision were evacuated due to the high flood waters. About 30 people left in boats after the Ashley River level rose. Ashley Ridge High School senior, Elaina Samios, left her home in Ashborough by boat. Both she and her mother unfortunately lost their cars. The flooding luckily only ruined her garage.

The state death toll reached 15 and the damage was estimated to be $1 billion with 12 dam failures which caused the lowcountry devastation as the water moved downstate.

With donations, the American Red Cross was able to raise over $700,000. They teamed up with Uber to provide affected families with safe transportation in South Carolina. Schools reopened on October 12 and the state of South Carolina is recovering.

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