It rained enough in South Carolina to supply every American with a bottle of water everyday for 182 years. We experienced tremendous flooding here in Charleston and other areas around the Lowcountry. However, the deadly 1,000-year flood that has engulfed more than half of the state is still not over for many. There have been several evacuations over the last 2 days in Richland county, just North East of Columbia, due to dams being breached. Some people around the upstate have lost their cars, homes and pets during the flooding while others are still waiting to see what has survived and what has not.
How to help the flood victims in South Carolina
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division Relief says the best way to help flood victims is to make a monetary donation to one of the many many charitable organizations that have joined in providing assistance. If you would like to help the flood victims in South Carolina, here’s a list of organizations and volunteer efforts that are in progress:
The Salvation Army is providing water, food and shelter in communities hit hard by the floods. They have setup a donation page for the disaster relief effort here: East Coast Disaster Relief.
The Red Cross opened 30 shelters, mobilized over 400 workers and provided 23 vehicles to deliver supplies in South Carolina communities. They still may need assistance in damage assessment and shelter operations. Donate or volunteer here: Red Cross. Or call the Charleston branch 843-764-2323 extension 321 or Columbia branch 803-508-5251 to see how you can help the flood victims.
The South Carolina Baptist Convention has mobilized trained disaster relief volunteers who are actively assisting in clearing roads and resorting power in the Columbia areas hit hardest by the floods. If you would like to donate, volunteer or request assistance visit their Diaster Relief, Collection and Distribution page.
The Francis R. Willis SPCA Animal Shelter in Summerville, South Carolina has been flooded and became unsafe for the animals. They have setup a GoFundMe page that will cover the cost of the repairs.
If you would like to donate food, clothing or other products visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Division for a complete list of needed items.
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