10/6/2015 8:00:00 PM
CHICAGO (ELCA) – Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) offer prayers for all those affected by the devastating flooding in South Carolina. To date, 14 people have died as a result of the storm that began Oct. 1 and has brought the heaviest rainfall in the state since Hurricane Hugo struck in 1989, killing 27.
According to news reports, about 26,000 homes are without power and 40,000 residences are without running water. More than 500 roads and bridges have been closed.
“The ELCA South Carolina Synod is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for the people of South Carolina in the midst of severe flooding,” said the Rev. Herman R. Yoos III, bishop of the ELCA South Carolina Synod, in a letter to the synod. “Homes have been destroyed. Bridges and dams in neighborhoods have collapsed. Interstate highways and roads have been compromised in the worst storm since records have been kept in this state.”
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