#SCFlood: Stunning, Sobering Aerial Views

We saw a post on social media earlier today featuring some pretty dramatic aerial footage from “Floodmaggedon.’ We reached out to the owner of the clip – Jordan Nelson of Boone, N.C. – and asked him if we could share what his camera caught with our readers. Nelson graciously agreed ……

We saw a post on social media earlier today featuring some pretty dramatic aerial footage from “Floodmaggedon.’

We reached out to the owner of the clip – Jordan Nelson of Boone, N.C. – and asked him if we could share what his camera caught with our readers.

Nelson graciously agreed …

“Complete destruction,” he said of the images. “We could have filmed for days and still not captured half of it. So sad.”

Take a look …

(Click to play)

(Via Nelson Aerial Pros)

“These shots were taken around various parts of Columbia South Carolina with the majority of shots covering the eastern side of the city,” Nelson added.

Nelson said his team’s initial purpose for traveling to Columbia “was to assist with any search and rescue efforts that were taking place and to provide any assistance to local (law enforcement).”

Once he saw the extent of the devastation, though, it struck him to preserve the event for posterity – and possible reconstruction efforts.

“We felt the need to also document this historic event as it could help with future rebuilding of these areas and for educational purposes,” he said.

For more of Nelson’s work, click here.


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Golly Dam! October 6, 2015 at 8:37 pm

Was that Tango’s mobile home?

Rocky Verdad October 7, 2015 at 10:33 am

The SS ShitStain?

flip October 6, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Great work covering this Fits.Love SC and many ‘ties’.Thank you for keeping us informed.Will be driving thru on Thursday.So sad HOWEVER the Carolina’s are indeed something God created to make others envious.:) Faithful,kind people.Majestic beauty from the mountains to the beach and artistic culture unmatched.

Carry on good people.We are with ya and will help you recover with our tourist dollars!

Flood of Stupidity October 7, 2015 at 8:53 am

Someone needs to call FEMA on the flood of stupidity you bring here every day.

Not our fault October 7, 2015 at 9:37 am

Hey it isn’t us developers at fault. We followed the law when we built these dams to form artificial ponds to sell our houses on. Our engineers and State regulators could have never foresaw this happening. SC regulates us too much as it is.

Beyond Preparation October 7, 2015 at 9:40 am

One of the areas flooded nine feet above the previous record, I don’t think anyone would realistically anticipate that.

flip October 7, 2015 at 10:11 am

SC apparently doesn’t regulate their abortion mills-they are still open.Why would they regulate their dams? :)

Mayberry Andy October 6, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Not a bit surprised that it took a Tarheel to show you what is going on in in South Carolina….
Lord knows nobody in this state can do the job worth a shit

Positivedifference54 October 6, 2015 at 10:20 pm

Thank you for sharing this video record.

Kasey Tyler October 7, 2015 at 3:35 am

WORK AT HOME::Get $97/HOUR…I just purchased themselves a McLaren F1 when I got my check for $19993 this past 4 weeks and just over 17 thousand lass month . this is really the nicest-work Ive had . I began this 10-months ago and straight away started making more than $97… p/h .learn the facts here now
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popskullpete October 6, 2015 at 11:54 pm

there goes rockys cardboard abode . im sure he has flood surance

who needs forks? October 7, 2015 at 8:23 am

Ole Rocky married him some 3rd world pussy so the family is used to living in filth and squalor.Nothing like a shit sandwich for the kids.

Rocky Verdad October 7, 2015 at 10:32 am

Our newer house was nice and dry thank you. We’re used to a nice lifestyle and that was what we enjoyed during Floodpoclypse as our neighborhood didn’t flood, we stocked up on goodies Friday afternoon and stayed off the roads as requested. Attacking my wife, your parent’s really raised you right there in trailer park world. Does you’re Mom know you go around attacking people’s wifes? She must be so proud. Are you really a Christain? I doubt it. More of a worthless pussy who attacks people on a comment thread. Good for you. You prove yet again what a worthless pile of shit you are. Your kids are probably proud of you too – eh @$$wipe? If you even have kids. No worries though. We’ll attach this post to the one where you threatened to drive me over with a car. The FBI loves extra evidence. Bye now.

Rocky Verdad October 7, 2015 at 10:38 am

Actually I do have flood insurance. Only a retard wouldn’t have flood insurance after 1989. Ooops – is that you?

fatassohioans October 7, 2015 at 12:35 am

see what happens. they clog the damn toilets cant take’em anywhere

CorruptionInColumbia October 7, 2015 at 6:26 am

Crappy vid or crappy link. A few seconds into it and it just stops, every time. WTF?

TedX October 7, 2015 at 6:40 am

Third world country!

Ellen October 7, 2015 at 7:07 am

DEHC will be the biggest loser in the flood’s aftermath. Why?

Their dam program is deficient in every way. Their information, including inspection schedules etc resembles a drunk’s tax receipts in shoe boxes.

Additionally, they have repeatedly allowed low lands adjacent to drainage corridors to be filled in for commercial purposes.

Again, their record keeping and information retrieval is intentionally deficient as the lack of info protects them from liability.

How do I know? Worked there for 4 years. $ miserable years where energetic and productive people were told to shut up and sit down.

Ellen October 7, 2015 at 7:29 am

The State seems to agree with me.

“The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control said Tuesday it could not provide recent data about the dam safety program’s budget and staffing levels because of the ongoing crisis created by this past weekend’s floods.”

(Prediction…the info they produce will be incomplete!!!!!!)

“In 2013, the state spent less than $200,000 on its dam safety program,”

(They spend that much every year on birthday and Christmas parties!)

“South Carolina has for years had one of the nation’s weakest dam safety programs, consistently ranking near the bottom of rankings in federal and state government reports.”

(DEHC will blame the Legislature but DEHC allocates resources as they see fit. That is why the have a bloated upper and upper middle management! )

vicupstate October 7, 2015 at 8:29 am

Shouldn’t the private sector (free market) be responsible for Dam inspection?

Begging For Failure October 7, 2015 at 9:42 am

Sure, if you want businesses completely neglecting them for years and years.

Penny Pemrose October 8, 2015 at 7:05 pm

I work at DHEC and the only Christmas Parties are the ones that we the employee’s put together at our own expense. I’ve there for over 20 and neither me or anyone else have NEVER received a birthday gift from the state . So you are full of shit and lying bitch. You haven’t a clue what your talking about. So the next time you decide to tell a lie how about making it somewhat believable.

blueyescrying October 7, 2015 at 8:38 am

DHEC is a joke. When we purchased our land about 12 years ago they didn’t want to perk it because they said it would hold water and the septic wouldn’t drain. The only way they perked it was for us to install a very expensive septic system, which we honestly planned on installing anyway. They perked my parents land a few years ago with no problem. Lo and behold our property is almost bone dry while my parents is under 2 feet of water.

flip October 7, 2015 at 8:41 am

Sorry about your parents situation.

blueyescrying October 7, 2015 at 8:46 am

Thanks flip. Luckily their home is okay, but had to evacuate because the entire yard and driveway is completely submerged in water.

Bible Thumper October 7, 2015 at 8:48 am

Perk test is about soil conditions as well as water table. Land can be on the top of a hill and fail a perk test.

A percolation test (from percolation, colloquially called aperc test) is a test to determine the absorption rate of soil for a septic drain field or “leach field”

blueyescrying October 7, 2015 at 9:00 am

Yes, I know all this and the absorbtion rate of our soil is excellent. Hence, our yard is bone dry. When the DHEC agent initially did the test he came up with an excuse as to why it didn’t pass (and mind you this was the second piece of property we were getting perked- first one failed and understandably so- it is under water right now). So my husband had an independent agent do another test and it passed just fine…and his test was conducted only a few inches from the DHEC agents test. When the DHEC agent came back out he had a ton of other excuses as to why he didn’t want to perk it but then acclimated once we showed him the info from the other agent. In other words, he knew he was had.

TroubleBaby October 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm

“How do I know? Worked there for 4 years. $ miserable years where energetic and productive people were told to shut up and sit down.”

I think my favorite part of the movie “Beetlejuice” was the part where it was divulged that all government workers were those who died from suicide before the afterlife:

Bible Thumper October 7, 2015 at 9:42 am

Katrina 1833 deaths.
Super Storm Sandy 285 deaths, 157 in the U.S.A.
Japanese Tsunami 15,890 deaths.
Hugo 35 deaths in South Carolina only.
There have been a lot of snarky remarks about “our backward state ” or our governor, but this is why they call them disasters. I don’t know what type of events dams are designed to withstand, but 1 in 500 years is extremely rare and most dams have survived. That level of safety is expensive and people make choices about how much they are willing to spend for safety all the time. You buy and build new homes knowing it can’t withstand a tornado or cars that can’t protect you in a head on 50 mph collision.

Of course, a lot has been learned from past disasters and made part of public policy, and more can be done, but people will always make tradeoffs with safety and costs. It is impossible not to. Deciding if your kid plays football is a tradeoff. Getting in a car is a tradeoff. Shark attacks are a tradeoff for surfers. These tradeoffs have to be made not just as individuals but as public policy.

Look at the responses to recent events. Katrina, Super Storm Sandy, Japanese Tsunami. In many ways those events were easier to predict and prepare for. Japan was prone to tsunamis. The coastal areas are subject to hurricanes and tropical storms. In some ways it appears that Charleston was more prepared than Columbia because it was more predictable. No one predicted this severe of a water event so far inland. Hugo was much more of a wind event. Super Storm Sandy is probably the best comparison, because most of the deaths were from drowning and there were over 50 such deaths.
Many of the complaints about road and bridge closins have more to do about inconvenience than safety. Be thankful. We have had no damage to our Nuclear plants. Dams of our major lakes have held up. Give it a rest, folks.

Rocky Verdad October 7, 2015 at 10:25 am

So in the middle of this “disaster” that no one could predict (though the weather channel was forecasting every hour) – then it’s OK as the governor to take six hours off to go to a football game on high ground.

flip October 7, 2015 at 10:29 am

In fairness that is NOT as bad as Joe Biden hiding behind the death of his son

Biden himself leaked word of his son’s dying wish-he denied it and now has been caught.A plagerizing liar exposed AGAIN.


Before that moment and since, Biden has told the Beau story to others….

Rocky Verdad October 7, 2015 at 10:33 am

Come on Flip – can’t we just stay on Floodpoclypse – you’ll have a whole year to complain about Biden on other threads. Hope your son made out OK.

flip October 7, 2015 at 10:36 am

Leaving today.Thanks.Biden will be old news in about 2 weeks.

Rocky Verdad October 7, 2015 at 10:37 am

So will the floods. But I’d venture to say, had those floods hit the Florida panhandle in 2004 Jeb would have stayed in Tallahassee and not gone to a football game.

Bible Thumper October 7, 2015 at 10:51 am

A few days of advance warning is not enough time to strengthen dams or bridges. I meant predicting it’s probability years in advance. That is the only way to prevent property damage. Some dams maybe should have been destroyed before the flooding, but I don’t know if it would have protected property and many more dams have survived.

I don’t know how many have died or been injured due to failure to evacuate in time, but at this point evacuation, road closings, and dam/bridge monitoring and shoring is all that can be done.

Too much emphasis is often put on water distrubution and shelters. People usually find family, freind or helpful neighbors to stay with. The shelters are ether empty or just places for helful neighbors take them in to their homes. Water distribution is helpful in areas that are cut off, but is not critical, because they can usual use their resources to find it. There are hardly ever any deaths or health problems from that cause.


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