Sometimes timing is everything. As the flood waters started rising around Tyshenequia McLean's home in North Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday, she went into labor. With the streets impassable to vehicles, first responders had to think fast, transporting McLean to safety, and eventually the hospital, by kayak.
Nine hours later, a healthy baby boy was born, but McLean was in no rush to repeat the ordeal. "I won't have another kid for about 40 years," the first-time mother said.
–Learn more about how paddlers have been taking to the streets (and rivers) of South Carolina during the 1,000-year flood.
— Read C&K's Digital Feature about paddlers using canoes and kayaks to escape, explore and document the flooded remains of New Orleans following the Hurricane Katrina-caused levee failures, and follow paddlers exploring the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.