The following situation was distributed by Rick Devoe in an email to Sea Grant Director colleagues. It made its way out as the recipients extended the call for assistance to others and is printed here with the author's permission.
Please read https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/10/05/the-meteorology-behind-south-carolinas-catastrophic-1000-year-rainfall-event/ if you are interested in the nature of the flooding event we in the state of South Carolina just experienced.
In the Charleston area, we had anywhere from 15-25 inches of rain over three days. But I think we fared better than our inland brethren, because they do not have low tides, but do have hills and valleys and extensive river floodplains, and earthen dams, etc. that made them more susceptible to flooding events. The University of South Carolina’s main campus in Columbia, SC is closed for the week because there is no potable water available. The salinity in our coastal rivers has reached zero in some places. And the USGS folks are telling us we may have WQ issues in our rivers for the next one-to-two months as the uplands “drain themselves.” Unbelievable. But most folks in this neck of the woods are survivors, and are very good neighbors. And really, the folks in South Carolina are hanging in there, and the state will recover stronger than ever (and maybe a little bit wiser as well). But they need information.
So I am writing to you folks to seek your assistance. We established a coastal information network (SC-CIN; the “CIN” network; see the www.sccoastalinfo.org portal) some years ago which we use to coordinate and partner up outreach/extension/education efforts and resources of a host of coastal outreach partners in South Carolina (e.g., CTPs, coop extension, NOAA agencies, CZM, SCDNR-marine resources, COGs, etc.) so that constituencies (e.g., local governments) have a “one-stop” shop for their coastal information needs.
We are setting up a “SC Flood” section on the SC-CIN portal where we are placing links to available information tools, resources, manuals, how-to and how-not-to booklets, etc. for these communities and others to access. Since most if not all of you have had experiences with water and flooding, I would greatly appreciate if your program would send me links to those information resources (PDF copies are also welcome) which might be useful to our communities, businesses, and homeowners as they work to recover and restore their buildings, structures, and homes. And if you know of portals that already exist for such information, please share those as well.
- Rick Devoe, Executive Director, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium