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Stories of people and communities going about the work of recovery from the floods of 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.00000177-2120-db48-a97f-fb222fb50000In October of 2015, South Carolina received rainfall in unprecedented amounts over just a few days time. By the time the rain began to slacken, the National Weather Service reported that the event had dumped more than two feet of water on the state. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the subsequent flooding was the worst in 75 years.Then, one year later, rain and storm surge from Hurricane Matthew dealt a blow to many in South Carolina still at work recovering from the 2015 floods.SC Public Radio Flood Coverage from the Beginning

Narrative: Lake Katherine Woman Recalls Jon Boat Rescue from Last October’s Flood

Julie (left) and her children, Megan (center) and Davis (right), sit down to talk about the morning they were rescued from their home.
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Julie (left) and her children, Megan (center) and Davis (right), sit down to talk about the morning they were rescued from their home.

  Julie Latham lives with her family in the Lake Katherine community of Columbia, SC, where her home was destroyed by floodwaters. Julie reflects on her family’s rescue by jon boat and her elderly neighbor’s harrowing struggle for survival as the waters continued to rise.