Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Over the past 10 years, South Carolina has experienced over five major weather events that have led to extreme flooding along the coast. These types of repeated major events have the potential to significantly impact people’s lives and livelihoods. When looking at the issue from a public health perspective, it is known that natural disasters such as flooding can negatively affect community health. However, little research has been done to analyze the impacts on individual health from flooding. This issue inspired a more in-depth research analysis to examine those health impacts from local Horry County residents. This research aims to gain a better understanding of how survivors of flooding are impacted and to highlight those issues to the public. This thesis is based on qualitative analysis of interviews conducted by students from Coastal Carolina University as part of the Flooded Afterlives project. The analysis focused on three main research questions that related to information pertaining to the health of flood survivors, what they wish their community knew, and what changes they would like to see in the future. Collecting and disseminating this information from survivors will allow their voices to be finally heard and create changes to prevent further disasters to communities.
Gibson, Lauren, "Examining the Impacts of Flooding on Public Health" (2022). Honors Theses. 450.