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FLOOD UPDATE: Palmetto Health to resume surgeries

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A bridge is washed out on Rockbridge Road near Trenholm Road and Decker Boulevard. (PhotoChuck Crumbo)A bridge is washed out on Rockbridge Road near Trenholm Road and Decker Boulevard. (Photo/Chuck Crumbo)

By Matthew Clark
Published Oct. 8, 2015

Officials with Palmetto Health said they have resumed surgeries today. Additionally, the Columbia hospital said it has returned to full operations.

All physician practices and clinics, except First Care, have also reopened today.

“Our staff will continue evaluating what actions need to be taken to properly care for our patients. The safety of our patients and our team members is of the utmost importance to us,” the hospital said in a statement.

Hospital officials said water supply issues “have been stabilized” via resources from local, state and federal authorities.

Flood map of Richland County

The Richland County Geographic Information Systems department has provided flood imagery of the county. The map, located here provide before and after images of the entire county to illustrate where the flood most affected.

Agriculture commissioner: Crop damage assessment has started

S.C. Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said officials have started the process of assessing flood damage to crops.

He said conservative estimates are in excess of $300 million in direct crop losses.

“The storm has had a significant statewide effect, and it appears that low-lying farmland adjacent to river systems and creeks was most severely impacted,” Weathers said. “The crops affected include peanuts, cotton, fall vegetables, soybeans and some timber.”

He added the timber harvest will resume when logging roads become passable and poultry farmers are working to repair roads in order to get feed trucks to flocks.

Former dean launches donation website

Hildy Teegen, fomer Dean of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, has started a website,, to help residents and businesses donate goods to flood victims.

She said people can also offer services ranging from cleanup, to pet sitting and temporary shelter, and office space to those in need.

Amtrak services remain suspended

Amtrak officials said some services along the East Coast remain suspended due to flooding.

The Palmetto Trains 89 and 90 from Savannah to New York City have been canceled for today, along with Silver Meteor trains 97 and 98 and Auto Train 52 and 53 from Lorton, Va., to Sanford, Fla. The Silver Star trains 91 and 92 from New York City to Miami have been suspended.

Drive-thru food pantry service available

Harvest Hope Food Bank is offering a drive-thru emergency food bank today at its Shop Road and Lexington locations.

Hours of the Shop Road location are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Lexington is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“With the continued aid relief for the Carolinas, Harvest Hope Food Bank is ready to support the needs of those impacted by the storms,” said Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank, in a statement.

According to Harvest Hope, there will be two lines available: One for food and one for food and water.

Mayor’s Walk canceled

The Mayor’s Walk Against Domestic Violence, scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled due to the recovery efforts in Columbia.

Football ticket profits to be donated

Louisiana State University has said it will donate all the profits from Saturday’s game — originally scheduled for Columbia, but moved to Baton Rouge, La. — back to South Carolina.

LSU officials said they will sell tickets to the fan base and the LSU marching band will play South Carolina’s fight song during the game. LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said the university will make “some type of contribution” to relief efforts.

“All ticket sales after expenses will go to South Carolina,” Alleva said. “They are basically the home team for this game. This is a lagniappe game for our fans. I hope our fans come out and support both teams.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

S.C. Bar offering free legal assistance

Victims of the recent floods in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, Clarendon and Williamsburg counties have access to a toll-free legal aid hotline as part of a partnership of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the S.C. Bar, the S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division and S.C. Legal Services.

Flood victims can call 877-797-2227, ext. 120, toll free, or 803-576-3815, local, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to request assistance.

Richland Library offering assistance

The Richland Library is offering assistance to flood victims in the way of computers for filing Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance forms, cell phone charging and other services.

Three things to know about mold

ESC Carolinas LLP has released things to know about mold after a flood. The information was provided by the environmental team of the company.

The items include:

  • Standing water and wet materials can become a breeding ground for microorganisms.
  • Professional assessment of buildings and homes should be completed.
  • Building materials should also be tested for the presence of asbestos fibers.

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