South Carolina was one of the states that was devastated by the fury of Hurricane Matthew. The losses are still being tallied. It will take many weeks to completely assess all of the damage. It is estimated that the losses will be in the billions of dollars. Unfortunately, the problems for South Carolina have not ended when the hurricane subsided. The flooding throughout the state has caused destruction that has resulted in President Obama declaring the state a disaster area. The government has sent aid to displaced residents who have lost their homes in the flooding.
The flood waters still remain in many areas of the state days after the storm died down. The water is not going down as quickly as many experts predicted. This has hindered the attempts to clear debris in the affected areas. This has also prevented people from returning to their homes and starting the process of recovering their belongings and repairing any damages. There is no telling when the flood waters will subside to the point where life can get back to normal.
The flooding is some of the worst that South Carolina has encountered in several decades. The state did have a lot of warning that Hurricane Matthew was approaching. However, many residents are angry about the state government’s lack of preparation. These people believe that greater care should have been taken to have food, clothing and shelter available immediately for people who were living in areas that experienced the worst flooding. The response was slower in some areas because trucks carrying relief supplies to flooded areas were prevented from driving on roads that were covered with water.
Overall the governor of South Carolina believes that the relief effort for residents of her state was executed about as well as can be expected considering the circumstances. All people who needed food, clothing and shelter were provided with it in a timely manner. The big problem still facing South Carolina is how to go about dealing with areas of the state where flood waters are still present. It remains to be seen how this will be accomplished.