This week has been surreal.
I can’t comprehend exactly what my city is going through. I feel like in a few weeks I will look back and think, “really, did that happen?” And then I will see my neighbors with no houses and my city with no roads – and I’ll remember that it did.
This weekend my city was hit with a flood not seen in over 1000 years. There isn’t a section of the city that wasn’t affected. Whole neighborhoods were flooded. Streets and bridges destroyed. Our entire map has changed. In these last couple of days, the water has subsided, but the lakes are still flooding – and even this morning houses were being evacuated. It isn’t over.
This flood has been declared a national disaster, and thousands of military, National Guard, citizens, neighbors and strangers are banding together and helping each other. I have never seen anything like it. The entire city has become one.
My friend (one among thousands) lost her house and everything she owns. This is what her street looked like:
I helped her clean up a little two days ago, and this is what her street looks like now:
We are seeing Columbia, South Carolina Flood news 24/7, but in case you haven’t heard the numbers lately, here they are:
- 25+ inches of rain
- 19+ deaths
- 40,000+ with no water
- 100+ bridges collapsed
- 11+ dams have been bridged
Our city needs your help! Please consider helping in these very simple ways:
Donating to the Red Cross
The easiest and simplest way to make the biggest difference is to donate to the Red Cross. They can be found here. But, the easiest way is to text $10 to Red Cross right now!
Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10
*$10.00 donation to American Red Cross. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 90999 to STOP. Text HELP to 90999 for HELP.
Donating to individual Families
So many families have lost everything – and are having to rebuild from nothing. I know several families that have Gofundme.com accounts. Please consider giving even $10! Here is my friend’s account. To see all families needing money, click here.
Donating to churches
So many churches are surrounding the community in sending out workers to the different neighborhoods. If you would like to help a church and their hands-on work, consider giving to my church, First Presbyterian, and their Storm Relief Fund. You can give here.
Donating to Harvest Hope Food Bank
People need food and water. I just heard about a 93 year old man today that was stranded and had no food and water! He was found and sent in food – but there are so many more that are suffering. Consider giving to the Harvest Hope Food Bank. They are our hands and feet.
Ask your friends to help
If you are reading this and are not planning on donating, PLEASE tweet this message below so all your friends and followers will have the chance to donate. This is free, and will reach thousands of people across the U.S. We thank you!