Catastrophic Rain Causes Cancellations in South Carolina

Catastrophic Rain Causes Cancellations in South Carolina

The record flooding in South Carolina moved one of the highest-profile events in any Southern state—a major college football game—to Louisiana, and many smaller events were canceled throughout.

Saturday’s game between the University of South Carolina and LSU will not be at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia as scheduled, but in Baton Rouge because law enforcement that usually directs game-day traffic and provides security could not be spared from emergency duties elsewhere.

The school’s president says he could not justify the stadium and city hosting approximately 84,000 people when the university was closed last week. An Oct. 17 home game against Vanderbilt could be in jeopardy as well.

Elsewhere in the state, the seaside Charleston area reported a mixed bag of event impact, says Kathleen Cartland of the Charleston Sports Commission.

“It really is hit-or-miss,” she says. “For instance, one of our largest youth soccer tournaments and a collegiate tennis invitational is on schedule for this weekend. However, other events need to be rescheduled, such as a half marathon trail run and an inaugural polo match to have been played on Kiawah Resort.”

Describing the weather as “catastrophic,” Susan Wild of Sumter Parks and Recreation canceled two large events, including USTA ITA Southeast Regional Championships (representing $1.2 million in economic impact) Monday and the Trisumter Triathlon scheduled for Oct. 17.

Sumter was under a boil-water advisory through Thursday and a curfew remains in effect.

While bailing out water from beneath his home, Scott Powers, executive director of the Columbia Regional Sports Council, told Connect Sports there had been at least one cancellation. He could not provide any more specific data because his office was closed all week.

Powers also could not attend a trade show as scheduled because of flight cancellations.

On a lighter note, Auvis Cole, spots sales manager at the Rock Hill/York County CVB, says his group had to cancel a fishing tournament because of low water levels in the event lake.

Also, Cartland took a picture (shown above) of a resident in a kayak on the street she lives on and shared it via email with the comment: “All in all, we are in good shape, and for my newest initiative, to promote Charleston as a top water sports destination, we gained national attention with many kayaks, canoes and SUPs cruising through the streets of Charleston.”

Later she added, “I certainly did not want to make light of the situation, just wanted to show that through all of our ups and downs in the great state of South Carolina, we persevere, and having a good sense of humor certainly helps!”