Remembering the South Carolina Floods

In October 2015, South Carolina experienced levels of flooding that it had not seen in one thousand years. The Salvation Army and many other organizations were there to help residents cope with the immediate aftermath. We continue to be present, helping families rebuild and restore their lives.

Patricia's Story

Patricia had just settled in for the night when it began to rain outside. She didn’t follow the news and wasn’t aware that Hurricane Joaquin was threatening the entire southeast coast. Within 24 hours, the rainfall in South Carolina had reached record levels. Rainwater was already filling her home when the nearby dam failed. Patricia and her son were trapped inside for days. There was no way in and no way out.

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The Response

55,874 meals served

11,499 hours of service

2,500+ received spiritual support

We are grateful to the support of our generous donors who have enabled The Salvation Army to impact the lives of thousands of people throughout South Carolina.

Stories from the Frontline

During the initial response to the flooding, we were able to get to know several of the individuals who were affected. We capture these encounters in what we have called our Frontline Blog. Read these posts and learn about the stories that you have helped.

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Stories from our Blog

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Always Faithful

04:06 PM • Saturday, October 15, 2016

We knew Hurricane Matthew was coming. We watched as it blew through Haiti, into Florida, over Georgia, and into the Carolinas. We were praying, we were mobilizing and we were prepared.

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Stories from the Frontline

02:59 PM • Wednesday, October 12, 2016

​When you think about responding to disasters, serving those who need us most, your first thought might not be the most positive. But, what we know is that, when we have an opportunity to provide individuals…

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Until the Race is Won

05:12 PM • Thursday, October 15, 2015

On Sunday, Joey Logano, current points leader in the Sprint Cup, was taking the checkered flag at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Today, he was in Columbia, SC surveying the devastation related to the recent…

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