My Take: Devastating flooding changes Midlands forever

My Take: Devastating flooding changes Midlands forever

South Carolina is healing from one of the biggest natural disasters in recent memory. The images are devastating to see…residents forced from their homes by flood waters, roadways being reduced to rubble and precious family possessions now nothing more than yard debris.  And, in several instances…the ultimate blow...the loss of lives.

South Carolina is now in a state of recovery. It will take months, if not years, for survivors to fully get their lives back to normal. Along with those jarring images of destruction, we have also seen other images that have warmed our hearts. In a true giving spirit, neighbors are stepping up to help victims in need. From rescuing stranded residents from the floodwaters to donating life-saving supplies to literally giving the clothes off their backs to strangers, South Carolina is once again standing unified.

Along with the community's giving spirit, our first responders should be recognized for working tirelessly to keep us safe before, during and after the storm. From the moment it became clear a catastrophe was on the horizon, state and local officials went into action to arm the public with the latest information to prepare. As the rain poured down, emergency crews were on the streets to minimize the damage. And after the storm ended, they were there with round the clock updates on shelters, supply drives, road closures and boil water advisories.

Clearly, there is still much work ahead. But as we've seen through the initial response, there is no doubt we will emerge to a brighter tomorrow.

That's my take, what's yours?

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