I'm a bit in disbelief that I'm even writing this post today. I assumed I'd be recapping our trip to Folly and how Murphy did at the beach, but that's going to have to take a little bit of a back seat.
Right now, I'm sitting on my couch with Josh beside me, drinking my coffee and literally thanking God that our house is ok. If you haven't heard, practically all of Columbia is under water. I have never seen anything like it in my life. If I wanted to leave my house today, it's truly impossible. The city is under water. Yesterday was such a devastating and heart breaking day. We made the difficult decision to drive home from Charleston yesterday. We were really unsure of what to do, should we come on home, or was it best to stay another night. Obviously we were anxious to get home, because as we saw everything unfolding at home, we were extremely concerned about the state of our home. We hit the road yesterday morning and I kid you not, every street in Folly Beach was under water, cars under water, it was just madness. Every street, except the one main road we had to use to get out, was flooded. If that's not the Lord providing for us, I don't know what is. We were literally traveling along the solitary road that wasn't completely washed out. I should note that before we left the condo, we were in such deep prayer with God. Begging him to get us home safely, to send a guardian angel to protect our car as we traveled and for our home to be ok when we get here. Also, we got word that night that the one street in Folly that wasn't flooded yesterday, the one we used to come home, was under water by yesterday afternoon. We got out in the nick of time.
You guys, we hardly ran into any rain on our drive, got home much quicker than we thought and only had to deal with rain about 7 miles from home. We had about 3 different options to choose from to get home. All of which we were unsure of. We knew that the market that's less an 1/2 mile from our home was completely flooded, so going that route was not an option. On one of the interstates we could take to get home, the water was about 2 feet from the bridge that crosses over the interstate. I'm telling you, I have never seen so much water and flooding in my life. Thankfully, we chose the best route to get home and we arrived in our yard, looking at our home that was pretty much untouched. Besides a lot of standing water in the yard. I just can't sing the praises of our Lord enough, I have no doubt in my mind that he laid his ultimate protection over us. The conditions of our state should have made it almost impossible for us to get home, but we arrived home safely and without much stress getting here. I am just so thankful.
Our home was spared, but neighbors just streets over, neighborhoods next to ours and the other side of town are in absolute shambles. I stood in front of the TV yesterday with my mouth gaping open most of the time, because I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. I really lost it and the tears started when I saw cemeteries with caskets floating. Caskets floating you guys. Also, there are snakes and alligators floating in the city park. The water is so high, it's bringing in a ton of wildlife into places where they do not belong. Another issue is that the shelters that are being set up are losing their ability to have water, and people are unable to get to the shelters because the roads are in such a terrible condition. It all seems like a nightmare that you're unsure how to get out of.
Our town, and our state really, is in such disarray and we are all heart broken. We've been watching the news nonstop and just constantly praying. We have a long road ahead of us, but I am so thankful for our citizens and especially our first responders who have just been fantastic in keeping everyone calm and as safe as possible. I want to share a few images of our town. I truly have a hard time wrapping my head around this, because the pictures I'm going to show you are down the street, across town, around the corner. I mean, how we are sitting in our house right now so safely, all I credit to the Lord. Almost all of Columbia is without water, and will be for 3-4 days. Our hospitals are in crisis because we have no water. There are over 35,000 power outages, 7 reported fatalities, basically all interstates and roads around town are completely closed. Roads have literally washed away.
I beg of you to pray for South Carolina, especially Columbia. We could use everyone's prayers. Also, if you feel so moved, we could use donations of money and of goods to help those who have truly lost everything. I'll leave links below of resources if you'd like to help.