Meghan Hughes (202-224-5972) or Katie McKinney (202-225-3176)
WASHINGTON – United States Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Congressman Henry Brown (R-South Carolina) today released this statement on the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo.
“On this day twenty years ago South Carolina weathered a storm that forever changed our state. Even after two decades, the legacy and memory of Hurricane Hugo remains. After the storm passed, the people of the Palmetto State awoke to the sight of downed trees, bridges and demolished homes and buildings. Beneath the rubble, South Carolinians also found a sense of community and a desire to rebuild our coast in the wake of the storm.”
“The days leading up to Hurricane Hugo’s landfall were distressing for all South Carolinians who remember it, but we believe that we emerged from the storm a much stronger state. The experience underscored the critical value of early evacuation, bold leadership, and personal and regional preparation.”
“September is National Preparation Month and as we reflect on one of the worst hurricanes in South Carolina history, we must always be attentive to the seriousness of natural disasters. Preparation and quick response is critical to ensuring the safety of everyone, and we sincerely hope that all Americans will learn from the tragedy of Hurricane Hugo on September 22, 1989.”