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Church Cross Saves Woman, Her Grandson From Death in South Carolina Floods

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 11, 2015


A woman and her grandson held on to a big red cross for five hours as they were trapped in raging floodwaters in South Carolina Sunday before they were rescued.

Clara Gantt told NBC station WIS that at around 6 a.m., she drove her car to attend service at the Three Rivers Baptist Church in Irmo despite the incessant rains.

Because it was still dark and visibility was poor because of the rains, she underestimated the height of the flood which swept her car away.

“I knew there was water out there, but I didn’t know that it was going to stall me and it did,” said Gantt, according to NBC News.

Her car ended up on a field next to a small church. She attempted to call 911 but got no answer but she eventually reached her family. She was finally able to get in touch with her family.

At that point she said to herself, “Dear Lord are you taking me home right now?”

But then when she flipped over to her back she heard a voice inside her head, saying, “No, not right now.”

Her grandson, Travis Catchings, came to her rescue. He carried a deer harness and some rope. He was able to reach his grandmother, whose car had been washed off the road into a church yard at Jordan Independent Church. “I got [the door] open and got her out of the car,” Catchings said. “At that point we had to just sit there and wait,” he added, realising that both of them were now trapped in the flood.

“There was a little church right there. Where my car stopped was right beside a huge red cross,” Gantt said. “I was literally, after I got out of the car, holding onto the cross. I was clinging to the cross.”

Gantt and her grandson both held on to a bright red cross until the rescuers arrived.

Catchings said he was already feeling hopeless that they would be rescued on time since the floodwater was rising fast, so he made his last phone call to his wife.

“I really thought that was the last time that I was ever going to talk to her. I thought that was the last time that I’d ever going to hear her voice,” he said. “It was the hardest phone call I’ve ever made. And I just told her that I loved her, and I didn’t know what was going to happen.”

He added, “Jesus is my saviour. This story is not about me, it’s about what He did to save me. And He set my feet on higher ground.”

Gantt suffered a broken ankle because of the incident.

At least 17 people were killed in the South Carolina floods.



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Ethiopian Berbere: On Suspicious Minds

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 10, 2013

Sea Pines suspicious package identified (The Beaufort County Berbere Party)

BerbereSpiceA package delivered Monday afternoon to a Sea Pines home turned out to be a cooking spice from Ethiopia, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

The substance was identified at 2 a.m. Tuesday. The investigation began Monday afternoon when deputies were called to a home on Calibogue Cay at 4:30 p.m. They met with a complainant who said she had received a package containing an unknown, white powdery substance after Sea Pines Security initially responded to the unit.

She told deputies she had been expecting a package from overseas. But when she opened it and saw what was inside, she noticed the return address was unfamiliar and got concerned, according to the BCSO.

BCSO’s Bomb Squad responded to secure and assess the package for any explosive threat. The Hilton Head/Bluffton HAZMAT Team also responded.

The woman and the first-responding security officer were decontaminated by HAMAT personnel for any possible exposure, and were transported to the hospital for evaluation.

The delivering postal carrier, the local US Postal Inspector and the Bow Circle post office from which the package had been processed and delivered were notified. The office was already closed for the day. Deputies quarantined the building and the rest of the people inside until the package had been identified as not harmful, according to the BCSO.

It is not believed that the package was sent with any malicious intent, according to the BCSO.

A local FBI agent with the Joint Terrorism Task Force responded and members of the US National Guard 43rd Civil Support Team were requested out of Fort Jackson to analyze the contents of the package.



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