CHARLESTON, SC — Parts of South Carolina should begin to dry out Tuesday after days of heavy rain and flooding. Some of the worst flooding happened near the city of Charleston where burial caskets have floated to the top of rising flood water.
Wayne Reeves is a pastor at New Life Ministries in Summerville. On Monday, on live TV, Reverend Reeves waded through water to retrieve the casket of a woman who was buried in May.
“[That’s] somebody’s family out there. That family is suffering. Their family member popped up out there from the ground. I think it’s the human thing to do,” said Reeves.
Family of the deceased and church members watched from the roadway with mixed feelings, disbelief, and relief at the same time.
“If that was my momma or dad I would walk through hell and high water and today it happens to be high water,” said Reeves.
Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies retrieved a second casket from the flooded scene soon after. Family members say the two vaults belonged to a husband and wife.
The cemetery at CANAAN United Methodist Church became flooded after it began raining last week.
WCBD, NBC News contributed to this story.