ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – Millennial floodwaters from Hurricane Joaquin covered much of Columbia, Charleston and other parts of South Carolina Oct. 3-4, killing as many as nine people, shutting down interstates and spurring scores of evacuations. With more rain and flash flooding expected Oct. 5, Southern Baptists are preparing to help.
Up to four more inches of rain were forecast across the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service. Columbia suffered its rainiest 24-hour period in history Oct. 4, the weather service said, with reports of up to two feet of rain common across the state.
For South Carolina native Mickey Caison, interim executive director for the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR), the tragedy is especially troubling.
"My heart breaks as I see the historic flooding in my home state of South Carolina," Caison said. "I have seen pictures of Providence Baptist Church and the home where my family lived while I served as pastor there. It is in the middle of flood waters. I am praying for those in leadership as they mount the massive response that will be required."