LOCATION: SOUTH CAROLINA
DATE: OCTOBER 2015
PHOTOGRAPHER: GIDEON MENDEL
Lucas Williams is a farmer in South Carolina. In October 2015, he went to bed on a Friday night as normal. Three days later, his whole life was underwater. His area had been hit by an extratropical storm, resulting in flash flooding and a level of rainfall reported to be the most seen in the region in a thousand years. In our changing climate, moments like these are happening more frequently in the Carolinas.
Lucas, like others, did not have flood insurance. 80% of his 1,300-acre farm was underwater. Storm damage from the event cost over $2 billion in this area. This is the alarming reality of the climate crisis.