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City of Columbia warns drivers of flood-prone areas

Motorists are reminded to be cautious when driving around town and to avoid low-lying areas.
A flooded street in Columbia on October 5, 2015.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The City of Columbia wants to remind drivers to be cautious when navigating downtown streets during periods of heavy rain.

Certain streets and intersections in low-lying areas of the city are prone to flooding and should be avoided. The city has issued a list of known flood-prone areas. Keep in mind that actual flooding locations depend on the storm strength, duration and location.

Main and Whaley

Gervais and Laurens

Blossom and Henderson

Blossom and Saluda

Harden and Santee

Harden and Read

Harden and Calhoun

Franklin and Marion

Franklin and Sumter

Monroe and Maple

Two Notch and Read

Wheat and Amherst

Adger and Devine

Wheat and Sumter

Wheat and Pickens

Heyward and Ravenel

Pickens between Wheat and Green

Barnwell and Pendleton

Columbia College and North Main

Bull and Laurel

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  • If you encounter a flooded street or intersection, turn around; do not attempt to drive through it. Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards (i.e. sharp objects, washed out road surfaces, electrical wires, chemicals, etc.). A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in a matter of seconds. Twelve inches of water can float a car or small SUV and 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to include damaged or downed trees and power lines to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or WLTX for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or disabled.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • To assist with keeping the storm drainage system working properly we would ask that yard debris and other items not be placed adjacent or next to drainage structures.
  • If you notice a storm drain that is blocked by debris, please notify the Public Works Street Division at 545-3780 during regular business hours and Customer Care at 545-3300 after 5 p.m. and on weekends. An alternate non-emergency number is 252-2911. For emergencies please call 911.