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Relationship Abuse in South Carolina

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In this first episode of a series of original podcasts by Palmetto Scene, hosts Katie Geer and Brittany Braddock speak with community and national leaders about intimate partner violence and how it is impacting the state. 

What is the issue in S.C.?

Columbia Place Mall Helps Businesses Affected by Flood

Columbia Place Mall is offering free rent to businesses that have been affected by the flood. This gives business owners in South Carolina the opportunity to continue doing business, even if the flood damaged their store.

In an interview with WLTX Shawl Pryor, Senior Vice President of Moonbeam Capital Investments LLC and Columbia Place Mall LLC, said that the flooding in South Carolina “affects more than the displaced businesses in the flood zone – it affects the lives of those within the community and surrounding area.”

Loads of Hope Comes to Midlands to Help

By Katie Geer

Loads of Hope

Proctor and Gamble's rolling washing station came into Columbia this week to help flood victims wash laundry. Tide's "Loads of Hope" offered washing, drying and folding to those who dropped off laundry, all for free! The company started "Loads of Hope" after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and they were looking for a way to give back to communities in need.

Flood Damage to SC Crops

Clemson Extension Agents Amanda McNulty and David DeWitt discuss the devastating affects of the 2015 Flood to an already tough season for South Carolina Farmers and their crops.

SC Stays Strong: Photos in the Aftermath of Disaster

By Kaitlyn Park

Flood

Early Friday, Oct. 2, the State of South Carolina braced itself for a historic rainfall event caused by the looming Hurricane Joaquin predicted by meteorologists and the National Weather Service.

But while Joaquin failed to hit the South Carolina coast, and as rain began on Saturday and Sunday, the southeast experienced what experts have described as a “fire hose” of tropical moisture that directly hit South Carolina. No one could have anticipated the catastrophic damage of this “1,000 year storm”

Damage and Rebuilding in Forest Acres

Houses, businesses, and lives have been destroyed across South Carolina due to the historic flood that hit more than a week ago. One area in Columbia was hit extremely hard due to dam failures. The Associated Press looks at the damage and what's next for this community.

DHEC Expands Well Testing

By Aimee Crouch

Flood

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will expand its private well testing office hours in several counties. If you have a private well water system that was flooded, your well can be tested to ensure the water is safe to drink. DHEC advises all residents with wells affected by the flood to disinfect the well and have the water tested if it appears, tastes, or smells different. If your well was flooded, you should assume the water is contaminated.

Sumter To Receive a FEMA Center

Sumter will be the next to receive a disaster recovery center from the Federal Emergency Management Agency according to Sumter county and city officials. The State reported that the center would be at the Sumter County Civic Center which is at 700 West Liberty St. in Sumter. It will open at 1 p.m. Friday, October 9th.

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