storm flooding recovery

Turn Around. Don't Drown.

September 18, 2018 - Posted in Weather by SCEMD
Flood Barricade

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. According to SC Emergency Management Division, in each of South Carolina's last three disasters, fatalities occurred as a result of motorists driving around or moving barricades...

FEMA Grants Still Helping Repair Flood-damaged Sewers

May 21, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
A freshly buried sewer line parallels Gills Creek in Forest Acres.

The aftermath of the October 2015 flood continues to occupy the business of many people and agencies in South Carolina, such as the East Richland County Public Service District (ERCPSD), which operates the sewer system for a section of the county heavily damaged by the...

The Federal Gov. Granted More Money, Now Richland County Is Helping More Flood Victims

April 30, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Thelisha Eaddy
Richland County celebrates the first new mobile home given to a 2015 flood survivor.

For the past two years, South Carolina has been in recovery mode. Long-term recovery for families, business and municipalities, following the historic rain event and flood of October 2015, is seen in almost every county. Recently, during National Community Development Week...

Flood Recovery Still Ongoing for Some Midlands Victims

April 26, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Four Paws Animal Clinic was almost completely submerged by flood waters following the historic rains of Oct. 4, 2015. The clinic was able recently to reopen back near its original location in Forest Acres near Columbia.

For some, the so-called “thousand-year rain” and the floods that followed it in October 2015 may seem an event long past, but many are still recovering from the storm’s devastation. For some businesses in Richland County, the after effects of the floods continue to pose...

Williamsburg Hospital Looks to a Future Building, Partnership with Lake City

April 24, 2018 - Posted in Health by Laura Hunsberger
Surgical suite at Williamsburg Regional Hospital's temporary facility in Kingstree.

For more than a year, the Williamsburg Regional Hospital has been serving patients from a temporary facility located right next to their old building. The hospital was damaged beyond repair during the thousand-year floods. Eventually, the hospital determined that they had...

Festival-goers Await Repairs to Riverfront Park, Columbia Canal

April 21, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Flooding during October 2015 caused severe damage to both the Columbia Canal and nearby Riverfront Park, destroying the stage and performance area commonly used for River Rocks Festival and other community events. While Riverfront Park has reopened, the p

On a sunny patch of open space along the Congaree River in Columbia, the eighth annual River Rocks Festival brought hundreds of residents out last weekend to enjoy the spring weather and learn about the conservation efforts of the region’s Congaree Riverkeeper and their...

Raising Charleston's Historic Homes in Hopes of Saving Them

April 11, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by vhansen
Contractor Gary Walters in front of 42 Rutledge Avenue

How do you raise a large, historic home? Better yet, how do you put it back down? Should such an old home be raised at all? All are tough questions in a city that until recently had never lifted one before. “There’s a lot of head scratching going on,” said long-time...

In the Long Slog towards Recovery, the SC Disaster Recovery Office Strives for Efficiency

March 28, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office provides services to victims of the 2015 floods and Hurricane Matthew.

For the past few years, we've brought you a lot of stories about recovery from the 2015 floods and Hurricane Matthew. Many people across the state might be wondering "isn't this recovery taking a long time?" As JR Sanderson, Program Director for the South Carolina Disaster...

South Carolina's Weather-Torn State Parks Reopen, "Just in Time for Spring"

March 20, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Park Manager John Wells and Park Interpreter Stacey Jensen at the new Sesquicentennial State Park Boardwalk.

Between the autumns of 2015 and 2017, 47 of South Carolina’s state parks experienced temporary closures due to damages sustained during severe weather events, including the Floods of 2015, Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Irma and the Pinnacle Mountain Wildfire at Table Rock...

South Carolina Observes Severe Weather and Flood Safety Awareness Week

March 8, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Meteorologist John Quagliariello of the National Weather Service encouraged preparedness for tornadoes, floods and other severe weather at a press conference on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

According to an official proclamation from Governor Henry McMaster, this week is Severe Weather and Flood Safety Awareness Week in South Carolina. It’s an occasion intended to encourage South Carolinians to prepare for potential severe weather scenarios. In a press...

Charleston's Chief Resilience Officer Fights Flooding and Sea Level Rise

March 7, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
Charleston's lower battery wall following Hurricane Irma

Mark Wilbert has been the man the city of Charleston has turned to in case of emergencies. He helped people prepare for Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. He was there after 9 parishioners at Mother Emanuel were killed. Last August, he planned for a crowd of thousands in town for...

How Welcoming Hurricane Katrina Evacuees Shaped Response to Recent Weather Emergencies in the South

February 20, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Sam Tenenbaum became known as "the man with the cigar" during his leadership of SC Cares. The name has stuck.

Back in January, a diverse group of Midlands community members congregated at the United Way of the Midlands . Among the 20 or so assembled guests were lawyers, businesspeople, nonprofit staffers, and a vet. What they held in common was their shared action after a terrible...

"I Made It Here: I'm Back": The Midlands Flood Recovery Group Celebrates 200 Home Repairs

October 25, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Teenagers in blue shirts laugh together while standing against a wall

Early this month, South Carolina reached the 2-year anniversary of the devastating October 2015 rain event, offering a natural opportunity to pause and observe the many tragedies that the widespread flooding wrought, and the many triumphs of recovery that have followed. The...

"I Made It Here: I'm Back": The Midlands Flood Recovery Group Celebrates 200 Home Repairs

October 25, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Teenagers in blue shirts laugh together while standing against a wall

Early this month, South Carolina reached the 2-year anniversary of the devastating rains of October 2015, offering a natural opportunity to pause and observe the many tragedies that the widespread flooding wrought, and the many triumphs of recovery that have followed. The...

As Hurricane Season Continues, Local Seniors Remain Vigilant in Preparing for Possible Storms

October 11, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Instructors for Richland County's Flood Ready Seniors event present to the attendees at the Garner's Ferry Adult Activity Center

If the past two years have taught South Carolinians anything, it’s that disasters are never out of the question, especially during hurricane season. County officials across the state have placed emphasis throughout 2017’s hurricane season on preparing the public for weather...