It’s as I feared. The floodwaters that inundated Columbia are now washing downstream. The image above is of Highway 301 between Manning and Turbeville, the very area I explored a couple of weeks ago. This image was posted on Facebook by John McLeod, a Manning Resident. He also posted this image just northeast of the town.
The Highway 301 image above is right where it crosses the Black River. On either side of the river are large farms with open fields. This is what it looked like when I drove through the area.
Here’s another shot of the fields pre-flood.
This is what it looks like in Google Earth.
The waters are still moving south. I’m sure there will more reports of damage, but I just hope there is no more loss of life. Things can be replaced. However, this does confirm that I’m not heading back out on the Tobacco Trail for quite some time. I may even wait until winter, when things have gotten a bit closer to normal.
UPDATE: Fellow techy and friend Jay Lindler share several photos that were taken by his Civil Air Patrol group. These images are now available on the FEMA Flood Journal website. The images below are of the same stretch of Highway 301 as shown in the first photograph. The map also shows damage further along 301 near Florence and Marion.