COLUMBIA, S.C. (WDTN) — Massive flooding and damage across South Carolina this week hits close to home for one Greene County man.
Kim Jenerette who works at Cedarville University has relatives near some of the hardest hit areas. His sister and parents live near Myrtle Beach, and his daughter lives in upstate South Carolina. He says fortunately they haven’t been impacted like Columbia and some of the coastal areas.
“It turns their world upside down. You’ve got issues of safety. You’ve got issues of transportation. You’ve got issues of work-related, my kids going to school, what about safety there?” said Jenerette.
South Carolina’s Governor says conditions are improving, but now there’s an ongoing threat that dams may give way as the waters continue to build.
The flood waters have closed more than 400 roads and bridges, and that number is expected to rise as the floodwaters move towards the coast.
Jenerette says he’s keeping in touch with friends who live in the area through social media. He says they’re okay, but their home is underwater.
“One family I know had pictures of their home and videos of their home where to get inside their home, they had to kayak to their front porch, and then got out of the kayak and went to their home, and their home is just nothing but underneath water,” stated Jenerette.
FEMA teams are on the ground working with victims. Several thousand from the National Guard are also helping with safety and relief efforts.