Flooding at USC

The University of South Carolina (USC) is a school that gets talked about by some Mercy seniors each year as they decide where to spend the next four years of their life. USC is located in Columbia, and if you’ve heard about all the rain in the South, you would know that Columbia has been hit with major flooding. There is no definite number for feet of flooding but the National Weather Service stated that Gills Creek in Columbia had a water level gauge that stopped working at more than 10 feet above flood stage, then got washed away. The Congaree River that flows through downtown Columbia peaked at four times the historic maximum when its gauge failed also. This flood was called “the 1000 year flood” or “biblical.”

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A woman is rescued from her flooded home. Photo courtesy cnn.com

Surprisingly, USC was not badly harmed. USC student and Mercy grad, Maddie Spetz ‘15, describes the  USC campus during the flooding, “USC was literally in a bubble. No serious damage, but a lot of the surrounding residential areas are in bad shape.” Because the flood waters mixed with the sewers, there was no safe drinking water so the USC students had to drink only bottled water provided by the university. Many USC students are commuters, so it became impossible for them to get to school. USC cancelled all classes the week of October 5th, and encouraged students to go home if they could and it was safe for them to do so. Maddie Spetz and many other students spent their “Southern Snow Days” with their families in dry homes. If you have USC on your list of prospective colleges, don’t take it off just because of the flooding; this was a once in a lifetime event!

Katie Wegman ’18

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