In a resounding display of Southern hospitality, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hosted the South Carolina Gamecocks this past weekend after the state’s record flooding prevented USC from proceeding with its home game against the Tigers. LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland learned USC’s alma mater and fight song.
The school hosted a tailgate celebrating both teams, and billboards warmly welcoming fans stood proudly around the city.
Down here, we help each other out. It’s just how we do things.
In the midst of its prime tourism season, South Carolina has suffered one of the worst floods in the state’s history. It may have lost more than $300 million in crops, according to the Washington Post, and more than 300 roads closed down. Residents across the state have been displaced, and some have lost their lives.
Naturally, our hearts ache for South Carolina, and we’d like to help out.
One of the best ways we can do that is by visiting.
October is arguably the most beautiful month to visit the state, which relies heavily on the tourism industry. So, if you’d like to lend a hand, one of the most proactive things you can do is take a vacation. Not bad, eh?
South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Director Duane Parrish says, “South Carolina’s top tourism destinations are open for business and eager to welcome visitors. As you know, the coastal economy is significantly dependent on tourism. A slow-down in visitation means lost revenue and lost jobs.”
Nearly the entire coast is open, including Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, and Beaufort, and the major interstates are almost entirely clear.
After all, down here, we help each other out. It’s just how we do things.