I've lived for many years in the same house in a lovely community. Until October of 2015, I never realized that my family and neighbors could be in danger of losing our homes. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to open your eyes to the policies and laws that govern how and where we live. On October 4, 2015, residents of Columbia, SC awoke to the 1000 year flood. In less than 24 hours, over 20 inches of rain had flooded entire communities and left hundreds homeless. Many lost their lives. Dams were breached and many roads were closed. Nearly one year later, we are still working to rebuild and dealing with policies and legislation that make the process very difficult. I've cast my vote Yes to get one step closer to rebuilding. I will never take my community for granted again and will encourage our students to open their eyes, look outside their doors, and get involved in issues that will help the community to thrive.