The photos from Columbia have been astounding. The level of flooding is beyond anything we might have imagined. I have close friends that have been directly affected by the flooding, and getting back to normal will take months.
Here in Greenville we got lots of rain, and there had been some localized flooding, but nothing to the scale of the mid-state. Our area is almost back to normal.
The images have been unsettling, and, to be honest, I’ve started to suffer from “flood fatigue.” I have a hard time looking at them. I could post links to lots of the images, but a simple Google search will turn up tons of them.
My explorations of the Tobacco fall right within the hardest hit areas. This YouTube video shows the Edisto River in Orangeburg, right where I was exploring a couple of weeks ago.
Needless to say, I’m putting the Tobacco Trail explorations on hold for the time being. I’ve still got Florence, Marion, and Dillon Counties to go. When I find out that these areas are accessible, and that my presence won’t get in the way of relief efforts, I’ll hit the trail again. Until that time, I’ve got plenty around here to keep me writing.
Also, our normal second Saturday Lowcountry Unfiltered trip, which would have been this Saturday, has been cancelled. Any rivers are going to be fast-flowing and have lots of downed trees and other hazards. Unless we came all the way up this way, I don’t think lakes would even be safe.
And, in the meantime, my thoughts and prayers are with those that have been so sorely affected by this deluge. I’m hoping that they can find peace and comfort.