College of Charleston informed students at 4 p.m. on Sunday that campus will be closed for the fourth day in a row due to flooding. All campus activities had previously been halted from Thursday night through Sunday afternoon, including Family Weekend, but due to the “clean up/recovery efforts taking place both downtown and across the Lowcountry,” officials have extended the closure through Monday, Oct. 5. Classes will resume as usual on Tuesday.
This news comes on the tail-end of a federal State of Emergency in South Carolina issued by President Obama late Saturday night and the flooding’s elevated status to an OPCON 1 – the highest emergency classification, indicating that an emergency situation is in full effect.
For some students, the news of one more day off from the pressures of school provides much needed relief. Senior Emily Moore is happy to have an extra day to find a new place to live after her apartment was destroyed by flooding on Saturday. Her apartment, located near campus on Wentworth and Pitt St., had never flooded in the past so she was not initially concerned about potential damage. However, during the heavy downpour Saturday night, she noticed leaks springing up in her apartment. “I could see brown water just flowing in up through the floor,” she said. “Eventually my apartment had to be abandoned.” Moore, her sister Allison, and their cat are staying with friends until they find another place to live.
Her apartment was not the only thing sustaining flood damage, though. Almost all of her furniture and clothes have also been ruined. “I moved out what I could, but it was impossible to save everything in such a short amount of time,” she said. “There were shoes just floating in my apartment.”
Come Tuesday, Moore will resume classes as usual.
For other students, the flooding constitutes no more than a disruption in routine. Senior Nikki Brown has mostly stayed inside since Thursday night and watched the flood. “We got to see someone on a boogie board surf down our street,” she said. “We live on Ashe…We didn’t want to be out in this.”
She and friend Michael Monty found themselves mostly prepared for the flood, with the exception of food. They ordered delivery until the streets became too flooded, at which point a friend came over to cook dinner for them.
Monty, a junior, wishes that the school would have responded more quickly to the flooding. “Most everything closed down before the school did, which makes it reminiscent of the bomb threat from last year, when I lived on Liberty Street and I wasn’t allowed back until that was all done and I had a test the next day.” He was at Harbor Walk on Thursday when CARTA stopped running the route he needed to get home, but well before the College cancelled classes.
Brown seconded his opinion, saying, “I wish they were at least quicker with [cancelling classes]. I didn’t know school was cancelled until at least what, 9, 10 o’clock the night before.”
College of Charleston will notify students regarding make up days on Tuesday.