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Red Cross Assists as Floodwaters Surround S.C. Community

  • Red Cross workers deliver dinner and disaster supplies
    Red Cross workers deliver dinner and disaster supplies for residents of the Big Dam Swamp community which is surrounded by floodwaters. (Red Cross photo by Robert W. Wallace)
  • EMA personnel head out to Big Dam Swamp to deliver Red Cross food
    EMA personnel head out to Big Dam Swamp to deliver Red Cross food and disaster supplies to people isolated by the floodwaters. (Red Cross photo by Robert W. Wallace)
  • Red Cross volunteers provide lunch
    Red Cross volunteers provide lunch for Casey Levine, Kingstreet, S.C. (Red Cross photo by Robert W. Wallace)
  • Many residents of Kingstreet, South Carolina were delighted to receive cleanup supplies.
    Many residents of Kingstreet, South Carolina were delighted to receive cleanup supplies that were distributed by Red Cross Volunteers. (Red Cross photo by Robert W. Wallace)
  • Red Cross volunteers distribute cleaning supplies.
    Red Cross volunteers distribute cleaning supplies, shovels, tarps, buckets and more in Columbia, S.C. (Red Cross photo by Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio)
  • Even the dogs are happy to see the Red Cross helping
    Even the dogs are happy to see the Red Cross helping in Columbia, S.C. (Red Cross photo by Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio)
  • Red Cross workers deliver hot meals
    Red Cross workers deliver hot meals to residents of Columbia, S.C. (Red Cross photo by Danuta Otfinowski)
Thousands of homes have been affected by the flooding.

A South Carolina community remains nearly cut off from the world after the recent flooding and the American Red Cross is collaborating with the National Guard and Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to help the residents of the community completely surrounded by floodwaters.

The floodwaters swept through the Big Dam Swamp area in Williamsburg County, isolating between 250 and 300 people who live in Big Dam Swamp. Red Cross workers are helping bring food and disaster supplies to the isolated community.

Red Cross emergency response vehicles are delivering the supplies to EMA and National Guard personnel at the edge of the floodwaters. Members of the EMA then ferry the food and disaster supplies to the residents trapped on the opposite side. On this day the dinner meal consisted of North Carolina pulled pork, rice with carrots and peas, fruit cocktail, and bread. Snacks, cases of bottled water and other disaster supplies were also included.

The floodwaters that isolate the community are slowly going down, but assistance in getting food and disaster supplies to the residents will be needed for some time.

WHAT YOU CAN DO Estimates show that thousands of homes have been affected by the flooding. Some communities are still under evacuation orders. Many residents still are under water boil advisories. Hundreds of roads and bridges in the state remain closed.

As many as 300 people spent Monday night in 10 Red Cross and community shelters in South Carolina.

  • Nearly 800 Red Cross workers are on the ground, providing shelter, food and water and relief supplies, helping to assess the damage and meeting one-on-one with people to help them plan their recovery.
  • More than 40 emergency response vehicles are helping distribute relief supplies and meals throughout the region.
  • Since the flooding began, the Red Cross has worked with community partners to:
  • Serve more than 92,000 meals and snacks
  • Hand out more than 52,000 relief items
  • Provide more than 2,400 health and mental health services
  • The Red Cross depends on the continued support of the public to help people affected by disasters big and small. People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

    It’s a good idea to download the free Red Cross Emergency App to get emergency alerts, find out where shelters are and have flooding safety information immediately available. The app can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. Download the Red Cross Monster Guard App to teach children what to do in case of a flood or other disaster. Flood safety information is available here.

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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