From the Boat of John Rourke – October 6th, 2015

The situation in South Carolina is horrible. My immediate area received far less rain than further south. Columbia is 1 hour from me and has been devastated. Roads are washed out. Homes are underwater. The University of SOuth Carolina is on lockdown and limiting students to 3 bottles of water per day. Gee – preparedness is really nuts, huh?

Brings back memories of my time at college when Hurricane Hugo hit.

A couple who lives across the street  – the wife’s mother lives down in Columbia. They just declared mandatory evacuations. I volunteered to go down and try to reach her but the mother says there are no roads out of her property. I told the wife that if her mother cannot leave to contact the authorities for assistance. There is no water rising near her neighborhood but a couple of dams nearby broke and there is a risk.

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How many people across the state are having to boil water? Ration food because they only have what sits in the cupboard and can’t make it to the store?

It’s a lesson. You just never know what is going to happen and to whom.



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  1. Yup .. being prepared isn’t about just SHTF .. and probably not mostly.. Anyone dug storm shelters ? I saw one made out of an insulated truck bed dug into the side of a hill … I live in flat land and will be digging one 12×12 to double as a root cellar .. A friend that digs holes for a living warned me to design carefully .. their motto for safety is “There are two types of holes. Ones that cave in and ones you aint dug yet” Puts a fine point on it when dirt weighs 300lb per square yard.. so I’ll be looking into designs carefully.
    Goodluck with all the water guys.. stay safe

  2. I always look these events from a preppers point of view, analyzing to look for lessons. I would imagine that there is a number of prepper’s there. So many people outside of the effected zone will still do nothing and continue poking fun at preppers until Mr. Murphy kicks there door.

    We had our rains and floods in North Texas back in May.

    Good of you JR, offering to help, that’s what Sheepdogs, Patriot Americans do.

    For those of us, outside the effected area perhaps we could send funds, materials etc.

    Just my thoughts.

  3. There were several things that steered me toward prepping,. One of those things, though not the 1st was hurricane Hugo. Often people are drawn to prepping only after an event like this touches their lives.

  4. Why help anyone that hasn’t prepared for themselves. Hugo was at least twenty years ago and people forgot: If we have to have a disaster every 90 days for people to stay in the game, then what are we to do. I live in Texas, and the last floods were in ’98 and some minor stuff around ’05. Then it hit again this year and a lot of people died unnecessarily simply because their memories faded. Memory fade equals death. We can’t help people that don’t help themselves. It is truly amazing to me that people that have brains where I don’t have places can be so good at their jobs and other things and turnout to be a bunch of dumbasses when it comes to survival. Just say’n, ok. thanks

  5. Rourke,We usually send a small donation for every disaster to either Catholic relief services or Red Cross or Salvation Army. If you know of the organization for your area please let us know .This magnitude of widespread disaster is monumental.My heart feels for all
    those affected and YES it is a reminder to prep hard.
    Badger -materials probably will be n2eeded later .
    Taxn2-so many well educated and non- educated people just do not have common sense.
    Rourke please keep us informed.The weather channel noted that many SC areas had over 20 inches of rain. some up to 28 !!We have elderly friends in Murrels Inlet
    and they must have been evacuated.Prayers to them all.

  6. Praying for all those affected.Rourke,I’d love to have you (and most here) to have my back like that…Arlene, I often donate to Red Cross, I know you are smart and look at where your donations go…taxn2, i don’t know you, but in times of trouble, the right thing to do is to help out however you can…once the emergency is over, you can do what you can to educate folks…but judging in the midst of an emergency doesn’t help anyone…

  7. It has been a very interesting few days. We were fortunate and only received 12.7 inches of rain in the past 5 days compared to my mother-in-law who received 23.7. The water did run about 4″ in the streets and in our yard the water was deeper in lower spots. Our catch pond filled an additional 3′ in less than three hours on Sunday reaching the top of the bank, but did not overflow. Praise the Lord.

    Our situation overall was not really that bad and we remained calm throughout the 5 days. At the first notice of possible problems, we doubled checked power levels on solar battery generator and back up batteries, did a check of our home for problems, checked food inventories, fuel levels in truck and fuel cans, our stored water and other supplies. We then checked on all family and friends. Making sure they were aware of the situation advising them to lay in a few days of supplies just in case. Of course none of them thought there was a need other than one neighbor who did make the family grocery shopping a few days early.

    Our biggest concern was for family. None of which preppers and thing the wife and I are fully nuts.

    Throughout the five days of rain we limited our travel away from home as much as possible. We kept an ear on weather reports, inspected our home throughout the day, kept checking in on family and friends. We watched some TV and enjoyed some relaxing time. We were able to “take a break” during this time because we were prepared and did not have much to be concerned about other than staying aware of what was happening.

    We did learn a few things and will make the necessary improvements. The need for sand bags and much much more apple cider vinegar. Sand bags for additional water abatement at the catch pond and the vinegar for cleaning the dog’s feet after he does his business out side.

    So to sum it all up. Having a plan and being prepared works. Just remember to adjust as needed, learn shortcomings and improve where needed.

  8. I’ve lived in SC my whole life and including Hugo I’ve never seen rain like this. We are in the Mt Pleasant area and it was relentless. Our pond has risen several FEET in the last week and is now overflowing with other large areas of standing water. The ducks love it, but its nasty having their duck yard now 75% water.

    Around the state, the roads & bridges which have been undercut and failed is something. Columbia is especially hard hit as well as a few other areas. We all got a tremendous amount of rain but the power of overloaded streams & rivers is incredibly destructive.

  9. When I was young, I purchased a house in a low place. All the time we lived there I worried about floods. Thereafter we always bought a hill or now, mountains on which to build. My last Texas house was on a mesa. Winds can be problems at high points but seldom floods. Tried to teach that to my kiddos. There are a lot of houses on high ground and just as many lower. Me, I go for the high ground.

  10. I grew up in South Carolina, and now live a 30 minutes drive north of Columbia. This is the most rain I have ever seen at a time. For 16 years I lived in the St. Louis area and saw 3 100-year and 1 500-year floods, but not so much rain.

    The creeks and rivers have not crested yet.

    The rain poured so much that some man-hole covers were popping up or water shooting up through the holes.

    One big worry in my area is falling trees. Until recently, we have been in a multi-year drought and tap roots of tall trees have shrunk. This soft wet ground will not hold them if we get much wind.

    Good news, the sun is shining!

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