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FLOOD UPDATE: Columbia opens 10 water filling stations

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By Matthew Clark
mclark@scbiznews.com
Published Oct. 9, 2015

City officials in Columbia have opened 10 potable-water filling stations Friday. The stations are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and residents will need to bring their own clean containers to the stations.

The water filling stations open include:

  • Fire Station 4, 446 Spears Creek Church Road.
  • Fire Station 18, 7401 Fairfield Road.
  • Fire Station 29, 121 Old Congaree Run.
  • Fire Station 34, 321 Elders Pond Drive.
  • Columbia Place Mall, 7201 Two Notch Road.
  • 1522 Gladden St., near water tower.
  • Greenview Park, 6700 David St.
  • Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave.
  • Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road.
  • Southeast Park, 951 Hazelwood Road.

Water is being supplied at the sites by a water purification unit from Water Missions International, and the National Guard will be on-site to provide assistance.

Additionally, the city and county have eight bottled water distribution sites open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. They are:

  • Dutch Square (former Belk parking lot), 421 Bush River Road.
  • Midlands Shopping Center, 2638 Two Notch Road.
  • Former Sam’s Club parking lot, 1401 Sunset Drive.
  • Wal-Mart, 5424 Forest Drive.
  • 3700 Landmark Drive.
  • Lower Richland High School, 2615 Lower Richland Blvd.
  • Eastover Park, 1301 Main St., Eastover.
  • Gadsden Community Center, 1660 South Goodwin Circle.

Disaster recovery centers open in Columbia and Lexington

Two disaster recovery centers are open in Columbia and Lexington to assist flood survivors. Both centers are open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

Representatives from the S.C. Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will have representatives at both locations.

The centers are located at:

  • Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington.
  • Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road, Columbia.

It is recommended to register with FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 prior to going to one of the centers.

Dorn VA outpatient clinic remains closed

The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center community-based outpatient clinic in Sumter will be closed through Tuesday, according to Department of Veterans Affairs officials.

Veterans with appointments will be notified of the change. If you have questions, call 803-647-5829.

Flood map of Richland County

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

S.C. DOT adds Columbia detour maps

The S.C. Department of Transportation has added a new detour map that displays road closures and detour routes for the Columbia area.

The new map is available by clicking www.scdot.org and following the South Carolina’s Historic Rain Event tab, or by going here.

SBA to offer disaster assistance in South Carolina

The Small Business Administration will provide assistance to businesses and private nonprofit organizations with federal disaster loans.

Entities can borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.

Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Colleton, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Kershaw, Marion, Newberrry, Saluda and Sumter in South Carolina; and Brunswick, Columbus and Robeson counties in North Carolina.

Disaster loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate and homeowners and renters can borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.

To register, go to www.disasterassistance.org or on a mobile device at m.fema.gov. Applicants can also call 800-621-3362.

Workforce department offers potential tax extension to businesses

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce is offering a potential extension to businesses to pay third-quarter unemployment taxes.

Taxes are due Nov. 15, but businesses located in counties under the federal disaster declaration can receive an extension.

“If your business has been affected by this storm, we want to work with you as much as possible during these trying days,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

The counties currently included in the declaration are Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg. Other counties may be added at a later date.

S.C. State Fair on as scheduled

The S.C. State Fair, scheduled to open Wednesday, will open as scheduled.

The fair runs through Oct. 25 at Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Boulevard. Officials said setup on the State Fairgrounds was not “significantly impacted” by recent flooding.

“We are on schedule to open next Wednesday at noon, and that is our full intention,” said State Fair manager, Gary Goodman. Goodman said the fair asked carnival operators and other fair vendors to delay their arrival to the city a couple of days to allow initial restoration and cleanup operations to proceed smoothly.

National fund established for flood survivors

The Central Carolina Community Foundation in Columbia has established a national S.C. Flood Relief Fund to help flood survivors.

All of the money donated will go directly to local grassroots organizations aiding those in need.

To donate, log on to: https://www.yourfoundation.org/community-impact/sc-flood-relief. \

Former dean launches donation website

Hildy Teegen, former Dean of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, has started a website, scfloodrelief.harborgood.com, 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.

TD Bank launches assistance program for customers

TD Bank has created a program to help customers affected by the rain and flooding in South Carolina.

The program extends through Oct. 16 and covers TD customers in the Federal Emergency Management Agency designated disaster areas.

The program includes: fee refunds on consumer or small business accounts, fee refunds on consumer loans and small-business or consumer credit cards, immediate access to certificates of deposit, debit card issuance and small business loan assistance.

For more information, visit a local TD branch, call 1-800-576-5230 or log on to www.td.com.

Palmetto Health Walk for Life canceled

The Palmetto Health Foundation’s Walk for Life-Race for Life has been rescheduled for early 2016 according to officials. No official date has been set.

The event raises money for the Palmetto Health Breast Center.

Mayor’s Walk canceled

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

Salvation Army posts in Midlands

Nearly 19 Salvation Army mobile feeding kitchens from the Carolinas and Georgia are serving locations in the Midlands and Lowcountry.

“We are currently assessing the needs of the community, and we will stay in the area until those who were affected are back on their feet,” said Major Kent Davis, area commander of the Salvation Army in Greenville. “All financial gifts given to storm relief will be used to help our friends return to their normal lives.”

To give to the Salvation Army, go to www.salvationarmycarolinas.org or text storm to 51555 to donate via mobile device.

Amtrak resumes one route

Amtrak officials said they have opened the Silver Star trains 91 and 92 to normal operations Friday. The schedule runs between New York City and Miami.

Officials said passengers can expect delays. Other routes between New York City and Florida have been suspended including Palmetto Trains 89 and 90 (Savannah to New York City), Silver Meteor Trains 97 and 98 (New York City to Miami), and Auto Train 52 and 53 (Lorton, Va. to Sanford, Fla.).

South State Bank establishes fund

South State Bank has established the South State Bank Emergency Relief Fund with an initial contribution of $100,000 to provide support to communities in the aftermath of flooding in South Carolina.

“This disaster is in our backyard and has touched many of our employees, customers, neighbors and friends” said Robert R. Hill Jr., CEO, in a statement. “It is our hope that this financial contribution can provide some immediate support to those in need within the local communities we serve. Our thoughts continue to be with those who have been impacted, and we are committed to being a partner with our customers and communities as the rebuilding process begins.”

Funds will be available through local nonprofit organizations providing assistance to flood victims in Bamberg, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Lexington, Orangeburg, Newberry, Richland and Sumter counties in South Carolina; and Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties in North Carolina.

Landscape sanitation tips

The Clemson Extension Agency has a link to a website dedicated to educated homeowners on sanitizing their landscape following flooding.

Tips include address safety of the affected site, refrain from using high-nitrogen fertilizer on trees and shrubs immediately after flooding, inspect and flush your sprinkler system, and have patience.

For more information, log on to http://www.extension.org/pages/24197/recovering-a-flooded-landscape#.VhbE5vlViko.

3 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.

Civil Air Patrol helps evaluate flooding images

Civil Air Patrol has made 81 flights so far this week, spending 156 hours in the sky above flood-drenched South Carolina.

“Civil Air Patrol is on the front lines supporting search and rescue, disaster assessment and relief efforts in South Carolina,” said Col. John Knowles, commander of CAP’s Middle East Region. “Col. Francis Smith, the wing commander in South Carolina, is leading a team of dedicated airmen from across multiple wings and regions.”

Aircrews from the Middle East Region’s South Carolina, North Carolina and Maryland wings and the Southeast Region’s Georgia Wing have flown sorties this week.

The airmen are tasked with taking aerial photos of the flooding for emergency officials on the ground. The images, taken with Civil Air Patrol’s geotagging-capable cameras, provide the officials with real-time information that helps them assess damages and assign critical response resources.

Richland Library offering assistance

The Richland Library is offering assistance to flood victims in the way of computers for filing FEMA assistance forms, cell phone charging and other services. Go to www.richlandlibrary.com for more information.

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, locally, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to request assistance.

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Reach Matthew Clark at 864-235-5677, ext. 107 or @matthewclark76 on Twitter.

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