Caught in the flood's aftermath

Christian Segers, Staff Writer

Relief efforts in South Carolina continue as the state attempts to overcome obstacles caused by Hurricane Joaquin.

Historic rainfall in South Carolina and bordering states due to the inescapable reach of hurricane Joaquin have left thousands homeless and claimed the lives of 19, according to The Weather Channel.

 Picture by NGU alumnus, Jackson Dame. Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce, S.C.

Picture by NGU alumnus, Jackson Dame. Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce, S.C.

The unfortunate events began to unfold in full force on Oct. 1 and lasted for four days, warranting a declaration of disaster from President Obama. Cleanup crews and the National Guard have continued their attempts to contain the situation and restore statewide damages.

According to data gathered by the Weather Channel, Columbia received nearly 13 inches of rainfall. A joint news conference was held in the storm’s aftermath to inform people that the worst was over with. City manager Teresa Wilson stated that the community is now open for business, a welcome sign to those who had been out of work due to citywide flooding.

Farther south in historic Charleston, rainfall exceeded 16 inches. Dillon Webster, current North Greenville University student and Charleston resident, recently visited his home over fall break and was shocked at the storm’s devastating outcome.

“The flooding was minimal but still affected our area greatly. It took out a bridge on highway 17A that we use on a daily basis,” said Webster.

Recorded as "one of the most prolific rainfall events in modern U.S. history" many of those affected remain in need. USA Today reports the estimated property damage surpasses $1 billion

North Greenville University, in following its mantra of 'where Christ makes the difference,' has worked to provide relief to flood victims. 

On Oct. 14 and 15, the athletic department collected canned goods, water, various supplies and stuffed animals for children ridded of the comforts of home. For more information on how to get involved or where to donate contact NGU Sports Information Director Robbie Gawrys at 864-907-9531.

Even with the ongoing efforts of NGU faculty, staff and student body, the tragedy and devastation Hurricane Joaquin has caused is irreparable for the near future. Ideas for prevention of future calamities are currently being entertained and reviewed by South Carolina legislation. 

NGU Environmental Science professor, Debo Nathaniel said, “The building of levees my be able to prevent rivers overflowing their banks, thus reducing flooding.  It is also important to have in place machinery necessary for rescue and evacuate when necessary. People should be well informed of what to expect and how to be prepared.

"This will differ from areas that may require evacuation and areas that do not require evacuation. For example if evacuation is required, the city should make it mandatory for residents to leave affected areas and make provisions for people that do not have anywhere to go. Relief items should also be provided for people that are displaced by the storm,” he added.