South Carolina was recently impacted by Hurricane Matthew. As the storm was still approaching our coastline, I was invited to join the South Carolina State Guard’s Engineering Detachment to assist in surveying and assessing the damage caused that would be caused by the storm.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have taken several days off to serve with the Guard. We have been looking at various structures from private homes to National Guard Armories and public beach access structures.
While the damage could have been far worse and we were spared the devastation seen in Haiti, there are many in our own communities whose homes and property were damaged or destroyed. I served alongside Guard members whose homes remained flooded as they selflessly continued to serve their community.