S.C. DSS and The Salvation Army Teamed Up To Give Temporary Housing to Flood Victims

By Tabitha Safdi

HouseThe S.C. Department of Social Services and The Salvation Army have teamed up to give flood victims a place to stay, after being made homeless by the flood. According to WIS , at one point, there were over 900 flood victims staying in shelters in S.C. The DSS moved a number of these victims into the Days Inn on Garners Ferry Road after the flood, so that they had a temporary place to stay. The flood victims were told that they could stay in the hotel for two weeks, but they were asked by the hotel to leave early and with an hour’s notice to gather their belongings and exit the hotel. The DSS...

More Help Needed as Flood Damage Still Huge Issue

The Timberlane area, off of South Beltline, in Columbia was one of the hardest hit during the recent floods. This community, which resides next to Gills Creek, recently moved over 2 million pounds of flood debris from 3 streets in less than 3 weeks: Timberlane, Glenhaven & Tall Pines. Help is still needed to rebuild this community, as the residents deal with the physical and emotional trauma of this catastrophic event. Donations of food, housewares, furniture and clothing are still being received from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday-Sunday. (Clothing preferred to be sorted by size...

Coastal Area Continues to be Hit By Flooding

Even though the impact appears minimal, coastal flooding continues to be widespread throughout the low country. King tides look to be the culprit. According to the State Newspaper , these high tides caused by astronomical factors are likely to “continue into Wednesday, National Weather Service Charleston meteorologist Steve Rowley said Tuesday.” The astronomical factors he is speaking of is the full moon and the moon’s perigee occurring in close proximity to each other. The Island Packet reports, “tidal flooding was reported from Grays Hill to Hilton Head Island on Tuesday by residents, many...

Relationship Violence: A Survivor's Story of Crazy Love

By Katie Geer

Domestic ViolenceLeslie Morgan Steiner is an author and public speaker about relationship abuse, as well as a survivor of her own horrific relationship. She sat down with Palmetto Scene’s Katie Geer and Brittany Braddock to talk about her memoir, Crazy Love and to answer the question that is asked of every survivor, "Why did they stay as long as they did?" Listen to the full podcast here.

FEMA Aid, What to Expect After You Apply

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering disaster aid programs and assistance for affected individuals, families and businesses in South Carolina. Affected individuals and business owners in designated areas can begin the disaster application process by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by web-enabled mobile device at .

DHEC Orders Actions for Dam Safety After Historic Flooding

By L. Steele

After what has been referred to as the 1,000-year flood, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced that it would be issuing orders at several dams across S.C. “As a result of the 1,000-year flood, many dams across our state were damaged and have been identified as needing repair,” said DHEC Director Catherine Heigel. She added that, “DHEC remains committed to ensuring public safety and will be aggressive in pursuing all necessary safety measures to make sure that dam owners are making these needed repairs as quickly as possible.” While dam owners are responsible for...

Harvest Hope Food Bank Helps with S.C. Flood Recovery

With the continued flooding and aid relief for the Carolinas, the non-profit organization Harvest Hope Food Bank is providing an immediate response to the devastating floods. Harvest Hope provided more than 800,000 meals to those in need over the past week. Donations have come from all over the country and volunteers are working day and night preparing “emergency boxes.” Take a look at this video and get inspired with the outpouring of love and generosity of our beautiful community. Phone number to register: 803-254-4432 Websites:

S.C. Flood: Gamecocks Give Back

By A. Highland

State HouseAlthough the University of South Carolina did not receive as much damage as the surrounding areas, students are still taking the time to help Columbia to recover from the flood. Many organizations on campus have gathered up volunteers to take on some of the work that needs to be done to help rebuild the city. The Daily Gamecock reported that UofSCRelief, a student-run volunteer program, has already surpassed 2,500 volunteers. They are working with United Way of the Midlands and other parties to find out which areas are in the most need of help. Any students who would like to join the efforts...

Relationship Abuse in South Carolina

Domestic Violence Awareness MonthIn this first episode of a series of original podcasts by Palmetto Scene, hosts Katie Geer and Brittany Braddock speak with community and national leaders about intimate partner violence and how it is impacting the state. What is the issue in S.C.? South Carolina made the news this month when a new study from the Violence Policy Center showed that S.C. was once again the number one most murderous state for women in the nation. This is the fourth time the state has held this position, and S.C. has repeatedly landed in the top ten spots every year for the last ten years. The study showed that "...

Columbia Place Mall Helps Businesses Affected by Flood

Columbia Place Mall is offering free rent to businesses that have been affected by the flood. This gives business owners in South Carolina the opportunity to continue doing business, even if the flood damaged their store. In an interview with WLTX Shawl Pryor, Senior Vice President of Moonbeam Capital Investments LLC and Columbia Place Mall LLC, said that the flooding in South Carolina “affects more than the displaced businesses in the flood zone – it affects the lives of those within the community and surrounding area.” Qualified businesses can apply for free rent by contacting the Vice...