Editor’s Letter

October 2016 - Editor's Letter
by Lori Hatcher

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October 2016 - Editor's Letter

I’ll never forget where I was on March 30, 1981, the day Ronald Regan was shot. My eleventh grade English class sat in stunned silence as the loudspeaker announcement interrupted our lesson with the horrible news. I also remember standing in the reception area of a dental office on January 28, 1986, as a radio announcer described the Challenger space shuttle explosion.

I remember exactly where I was on October 3, 2015, the day of South Carolina’s historic 1,000-year flood—in an airport in Yokosuka, Japan. I’d spent ten days visiting my daughter, and now I was heading home. It was a Facebook post that first alerted me to the danger that was brewing.

A strong low-pressure front, colliding with warm, moist air from an offshore hurricane was combining to form the perfect storm. And it was headed toward my home state. As the storm worsened, I began to see pictures and videos of the devastation caused by 20+ inches of rain—more than had ever fallen in our city in a two-day period.

My heart sank as I recognized a washed out bridge on Rockbridge Road. I saw homes in Forest Acres surrounded by acres of water as high as their rooftops. Images of people trapped in rapidly rising floodwaters just around the corner from my home made my stomach clench.

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