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Man’s body discovered this morning in Carys Lake

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A BMW SUV rests on its side after flood waters washed out a portion of  the BMW of Columbia lot on Two Notch Road. (Photos/Chuck Crumbo)

Staff Reports
Published Oct. 6, 2015

The body of a man was found this morning in Carys Lake near the intersection of Trenholm Road and Decker Boulevard, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities said they didn’t have any identification and were still investigating circumstances surrounding the death. The body was found south of Dent Middle School at 2721 Decker.

Meanwhile, the Richland County Coroner’s Office has confirmed at least seven storm-related deaths. They are:

  • Richard Nelson Milroy, 82, of Columbia, found Monday in a submerged vehicle off Peoples Street, near the intersection of Monticello Road in North Columbia.
  • Alexandria Holmes, 24, found in a submerged vehicle Sunday on Sunset Drive near Palmetto Health Richland.
  • Robert McCarty, 78, found about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in his vehicle on Devine Street.
  • Melissa Hall, 35, found about 3:30 a.m. Monday near Shady Lane.
  • Robert Allawos, 60, found about 7:15 a.m. Monday in his vehicle at Caughman and Teague roads.
  • SCDOT worker Timothy Gibson, 45, Sunday night while supervising work on Garners Ferry Road. The agency said Gibson was traveling in a truck that overturned and was swept away by flood waters.

SCDOT reopens I-126 flyover

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Two S.C. Army National Guard soldiers load up a car at a water distribution point on Landmark Drive in Forest Acres.
SCDOT reported Tuesday morning that it has reopened the I-126 flyover. Motorists leaving Columbia on I-126 can use this bridge to travel eastbound on I-26 towards Charleston.

Motorists traveling east on I-26 heading in the direction of Columbia will still find I-26 eastbound closed at I-126 due to high water at the Saluda River. In addition, the U.S. 378 eastbound ramp has been closed near the Lexington Medical Center.

In other developments, SCDOT said:

  • A 74-mile stretch of I-95 from I-26 to I-20 remained closed today. The decision to close this portion of I-95 was made due to a number of flooded sections of the interstate that required several detours.
  • The alternate route is I-20 Florence to I-77 around Columbia, then onto I-26 east for motorists to return to I-95. Northbound travelers would reverse this route.
  • As of noon, SCDOT reported 295 road closings, 167 bridge closings.

Sinkhole at Saxe Gotha Industrial Park

A sinkhole has been discovered on 12th Street Extension near the Amazon fulfillment center in Saxe Gotha Industrial Park near Cayce.

Authorities reported that an unidentified motorist drove into the sinkhole late Monday, ignoring barricades. The driver was not injured.

Water distribution points

The following is a list of location of water distribution points for Richland County and the City of Columbia. The distribution points will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until the drinking water emergency is over:

  • 1101 Lincoln St. (Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center)
  • 5420 Forest Drive (Wal-Mart parking lot)
  • 2615 Lower Richland Boulevard (Lower Richland High School)
  • 3700 Landmark Drive, near Richland Mall

Distributions points are scheduled to open later at Midland, Dutch Square and Landmark shopping centers.

Dam failures, breaks

Authorities reported that nine of 18 dams in the region have been breached or failed, and another was intentionally breached to avoid breaking.

The dams include:

Lexington County: Old Mill Pond, Gibson Pond Dam and Barr Lake Dam

Lee County: Clyburn Dam

Richland County: Upper Rocky Creek/North Lake Dam, Carys Lake Dam, Beaver Dam/Boyd's Pond No. 2. Wildwood Pond No. 2 in Richland County was breached to relieve pressure.

Fort Jackson: Semmes Lake Dam

Aiken County: Corbett Lake

Boil Water Advisory

The S.C. Emergency Response Team warned residents of potential dangers of rising waters, including those associated with neighborhood dams and flooding.

If you receive your drinking water from a private well and have experienced flooding, take precautions to boil your water before drinking.

If you are on the City of Columbia water system, you should boil your water before drinking. For other water systems, you will be told if you need to boil your water. If you haven't heard and want to be sure, contact them directly, or boil your water as a safety precaution.

Also, the Town of Batesburg-Leesville has issued a Boil Water Advisory that is in effect until further notice.

Wastewater woes

The City of Cayce is experiencing multiple overflows throughout the sanitary sewer system in parts of its service areas and extended wet weather and flooding conditions have led to the overflows in the system.

It is being advised that everyone stay away from all floodwaters. Please call the City of Cayce for any inquiries concerning this notification at 803-796-9020, after hours call Cayce Public Safety 803-794-0456, or visit the city’s website at The City of Cayce has been in contact with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Cancellations, closings

  • COMET suspended service for a second day.
  • Richland 1 said it plans to announce later today if it will open schools Wednesday.
  • Richland 2 will close all schools and facilities Wednesday.
  • Lexington 1, Lexington 2, Lexington 3, Lexington 4 and Lexington-Richland 5 closed for today.
  • The University of South Carolina has cancelled classes for the rest of the week.

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