Unless you have been living under a rock, many of you know that South Carolina is in a state of emergency. The rains from Hurricane Joaquin have truly left this state is disaster. We have had several Dams to break, and massive overflows of body regions. The state has also suffered from countless sink holes and destruction to homes and businesses. Many of our neighbors have lost everything. We are soliciting your continued prayers for our entire state. There have been reported fatalities throughout the state. Please continue to pray for South Carolina.
Here is a list of available recourses to those who are in need:
Richland County is also setting up five water distribution sites:
- Columbia Metro Convention Center at 1101 Lincoln Street
- Walmart at 5420 Forest Drive
- 2615 Lower Richland Boulevard
- Corner of Landmark Drive and Forest Drive
- Elmwood Avenue Church of God at 1427 Elmwood Avenue
- Dutch Square Mall Midlands Shopping Center, 2638 Two Notch Road
There are currently 25 shelters open around the state with over 200 people who have sought shelter from the flooding. Here are several open in the Midlands.
- Lexington County Leisure Center, 108 Park Road, Lexington
- Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia
(Both shelters are pet-friendly. However, pet owners are encouraged to bring crates for the pets and, at minimum, all pets are expected to be on a leash. Owners should ensure they have proof of up to date inoculations (shots), adequate food supply and supplies to clean up after their pet.)
- St. Andrews Baptist Church, 230 Bush River Road, Columbia
- St. Andrews Middle School, 1231 Bluefield Drive (Pets on leashes or in crates allowed)
- AC Flora High School, 1 Falcon Drive
- Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Irmo (Pets with vaccines and preferably in crates allowed)
- Lexington Leisure, 108 Park Rd, Lexington (Pets with vaccines and preferably in crates)
- Lower Richland High School, 2615 Lower Richland Blvd., Hopkins, SC (Pets on leashes or in crates)
- Newberry High School
- Camden High School
- Sumter High School
- Birnie Hope Center, 210 S. Purdy Street
- Manning High School, Manning
- Scotts Branch High School, 9253 Alex Harvin Hwy, Summerton
- Bethune-Bowman Middle/High School, Charleston Highway
Harvest Hope emergency drive-thru locations: Shop Road location from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 12th Street in Cayce from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until supplies last. Donations accepted: Non-perishable food items, monetary donations for other purchases including baby food. Baby wipes, diapers and formula. Click here for more information and to donate.
People with life-threatening emergencies should call 911.
SCEMD 24-hour question line: 1-866-246-0133.
State road conditions: 1-855-467-2368 (Between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.)
State road and bridge closings: http://dbw.scdot.org/RoadConditionsemr/default.aspx
FEMA assistance: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/
Real-time road conditions: http://18.104.22.168/RoadConditions/default.aspx?t=win
United Way: Dial 211
The American Red Cross also has an app for those needing help.
The free Red Cross Emergency App makes it easy to prepare for severe weather by providing instant access to weather and emergency alerts, life-saving information and ways to contact family and friends in case an event occurs. The app covers 14 different types of disasters including tornadoes and flooding and lets users customize more than 35 emergency alerts for themselves and where loved ones live. The app contains preloaded content so users can access guidance from Red Cross experts even without mobile connectivity, and allows users to easily toggle between Spanish and English.
The app is available in app stores by searching for the Red Cross Emergency or by going to: redcross.org/apps.
Schools, government offices, and businesses continue to close due to ongoing weather conditions. If you want to see what's closed, head on over to the Closings Page.
Failed or Breached Dams in Midlands
- Gibson Pond Dam
- Barr Lake Dam
- Clyburn Dam
- Old Mill Pond Dam
- Lower Rockyford Lake
- Semmes Lake Dam
- Upper Rocky Creek/North Lake/Overcreek Road Dam
- Beaver Dam/Boyd's Pond #2/Wildwood Pond#2 (Richland Co.)
If you wish to make donations to help the Midlands, you may do so through the United Way.
Lexington Interfaith Community Services will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday to assist regular clients and those affected by flooding and tragedy in Lexington County. LICS will be taking pillows, towels, sheets, blankets, socks and undergarments, cleaning supplies, water, ready-to-eat food, large and extra large adult diapers, baby diapers, formula, and pet food.
LICS is also accepting volunteers.
Information provided via WIS News