Wednesday, April 8, 2015

South of Broad and Hurricane Hugo

Broad Street in Charleston is a dividing line.  South of Broad (SOB) is for the very wealthy who are able to pay for the sea breeze to cool their humid summer days as they sit on their piazzas.  Slightly North of Broad (SNOB), while still a beautiful place, is more for the working class.

These home are located in the Battery, at the tip of Charleston's peninsula.  We were walking by the seawall when I shot these images.

On September 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo, a strong category 4 storm,  made landfall  just north of Charleston.  

A ten foot storm surge at high tide washed into the Battery and covered the vintage carpets and furniture of all these lovely, historic homes.

When the water receded, the homes were cleaned up and restored.  People can again sit with their iced tea on these cool piazzas and watch the water and the sky, waiting for the next hurricane.

Hurricanes are something that people who live by the sea have learned to expect and live with. However, the people of historic Charleston have had to deal with other disasters--including earthquakes! More tomorrow.