In October 2015, the city of Columbia was hit with historic flooding caused by Hurricane Joaquin. As the downpour continued to fall on Columbia and the surrounding Midlands region, the damage began to accrue. Homes were destroyed, stores washed out, and critical infrastructure crumbled. Once the skies began to clear, the response of the community was immediate.
Groups from across the city banded together in unprecedented numbers to provide relief to a city in need. People joined with each other, doing whatever they could to help out their neighbors. Leaders in the city came up with creative ways to manage teams of volunteers and donations coming in from across the country. Through all of this, the community became stronger and many lessons were learned. The city is now finally beginning to fully recover, though it will take years.
We are appreciative of the support given to the city from across the country, as well as our fellow citizens who proved that when a community comes together, nothing is impossible. As well, the first responders in the region showed the country their strength and heroism, and we thank them for their service.