A Look Into The Evaluation Of Riverfront Park Post-Flood

River being evaluated after floods

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The canal that is part of the system used for Columbia's drinking water, is undergoing an evaluation for possible damage from the October flood.

As a result, the Riverfront Park will have limited access to the park's walking trail for the rest of this month and into November.

This is the closure schedule:

  • October 17, 2016 through Friday, October 21, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (North entrance located at 4122 River Drive will be closed; guests must enter park at South entrance located at 312 Laurel Street.)
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 through Friday, November 4, 2016 (weekdays only) from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 31, 2016 through Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (hours to be announced)
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 through Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (North entrance located at 4122 River Drive will be closed; guests must enter park at South entrance located at 312 Laurel Street)

News19 got a chance to look at the go-pro's specialty divers were wearing to see the damage of the canal. It was built in the 18th century and the equipment is so old there's cracks and holes.

Special Projects Administrator Gregory Tucker with the City of Columbia says the evaluation phase will go into the first quarter of next year and all together it will cost upwards of 5 million dollars.

Karen Swank Kustofik, the Assistant Park Ranger Superintendent or river hippie as she likes to call herself, says people can still enjoy the stunning view of the Riverfront Park.

Or, whatever else people go there for, "last night I was closing the old house, we lock it at night, and I disrupted some romantic activity" said Kustofik.


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