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South Carolina employees move forward after flooding

Elgin, SC, Rural Carrier Logan Grillot
Elgin, SC, Rural Carrier Logan Grillot

Climmie Adger awoke in the early morning hours of Oct. 4 to find floodwater filling her South Carolina home.

“Neighbors rescued me,” she said. “I walked out of my house in hip-deep water with only my dog [and] some clothing and personal items.”

Adger, a retail associate at the Shaw Air Force Base Post Office, is one of several Greater South Carolina District employees whose lives were upended by the recent flooding in the state.

USPS quickly restored service after the storm.

Employees who suffered losses also are rebuilding their lives with help from a variety of sources — including the Postal Employees Relief Fund and Employee Assistance Program — but recovery takes time.

Elgin Rural Carrier Logan Grillot and her family and pets escaped their flooded home with a duffle bag of clothing. She’s eager to rebuild on the property, but finding help is proving difficult.

“Everything is a process because of the number of people affected,” Grillot said.

Columbia P&DC General Clerk Eulah Bailey laments the loss of her possessions — “Even my holiday decorations were soaked,” she said — but she remains resilient.

“We’ll be back,” Bailey said.

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