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Midlands parks and businesses closures due to inclement weather

Various offices and institutions are temporarily suspending activity due to Tropical Storm Ian

COLUMBIA, S.C. — While Midlands school districts have already announced early release times and Friday e-learning days, some businesses in the area have opted to suspend activity while Tropical Storm Ian passes over the area.

City of Columbia: City of Columbia facilities will be closed to the public on Friday, September 30, 2022. City employees will work remotely to ensure continuity of service delivery for non-essential functions on Friday. Public safety and other essential functions will operate as normal.

Citizens can access City services on-line or by calling 803-545-3300. Updates will be provided on the City’s website: www.columbiasc.gov

City of Cayce: City offices will be closed Friday, September 30th. Any payments due will be accepted until 5:00 Monday, Oct. 3.

All City Parks will be closed Friday, September 30th and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so

Congaree National Park has announced an early closing at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Current plans are for the park to reopen the morning of Sunday, Oct. 2, barring any weather-related damage. During this closure, all park facilities, campgrounds, hiking and paddling trails will be closed to the public until further notice. Events and programs scheduled for this weekend’s SwampFest event at the Harriet Barber House and Congaree National Park have been cancelled and rescheduled for Saturday, October 22. 

Anyone with plans to visit the park this weekend should wait for further information on park conditions before attempting their trip. Current park conditions and status updates will be available at https://www.nps.gov/cong/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center (DBA Cooperative Health). Due to Tropical Storm Ian, all Cooperative Health sites will be closed tomorrow Friday, September 30, 2022.

LRADAC: All locations of the substance misuse treatment center will be closed all day on Friday, September 30th for Outpatient Services, Withdrawal Management, Drug Screenings, and the ADSAP group scheduled for 5:30 pm (which will be rescheduled). A decision regarding group meetings for Saturday, Oct. 1 will be made by Friday afternoon

Jazz on the River: This week's Jazz on the River has been cancelled, the Zach Bingham Band has been rescheduled for Oct. 27.

McKissick Museum: McKissick Museum on the USC Horseshoe will be closed Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 2022

City of Orangeburg: As a result of potential hazardous weather related to Hurricane Ian, City of Orangeburg offices will be closed on Friday, September 30. Essential staff will be on standby. 

An emergency shelter will open at City Gym, located at 410 Broughton Street from 8 a.m. Friday, September 30 until 8 a.m. Saturday October 1 for anyone needing relief from hazardous weather.

Richland County offices and facilities will be closed to the public Friday, Sept. 30. Non-essential County personnel will work remotely. Residents can access many services on the County’s website: www.richlandcountysc.gov, including those by the Auditor, Treasurer, Assessor and other offices.

Also, effective today, open burning in unincorporated Richland County is prohibited because of increased fire danger. The ban is a temporary measure to alleviate increased potential for outdoor fires based on current environmental conditions and forecasted high winds presented by Tropical Storm Ian.

Richland Library: Due to inclement weather conditions, ALL Richland Library locations will close on Friday, September 30. Please check richlandlibrary.com for updates and important information.

City of Sumter:Due to the threat of inclement weather, all City of Sumter Administrative Offices will be closed on Friday, September 30, 2022.

Additionally, all City sanitation services will be canceled on Friday. There will be no yard debris or cardboard pickup on Friday or Saturday. All Friday commercial and residential customers will have a makeup day on Saturday, October 1. All Friday customers please place your cans out by the curb by 7AM on Saturday for pickup service.

All parks in the City of Sumter are officially closed and will remain closed until the hazardous weather outlook for the area has passed.

Trustus Theatre: Unfortunately, due to the threat of inclement weather, Trustus must cancel THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW's opening night on Friday, September 30th. We are adding a show on Saturday, October 15th at 2:00pm. Please contact the Box Office at boxoffice@trustus.org with any questions. 

Workshop Theatre: Out of an abundance of caution due to the inclement weather from Hurricane Ian, Workshop has canceled the 8 p.m. performance of Kinky Boots on Friday, September 30. Please consider exchanging your tickets for another performance or donating the value of your of your order to Workshop Theatre of SC in lieu of a refund. Please call the box office at (803) 799-6551 with a request to exchange, donate, or refund your order, or with any questions. 

City of West Columbia will implement the following closures and cancellations:

  • Riverwalk Park & Amphitheater: Thursday, September 29, 2022, 12 PM until further notice
  • Fowler Park: Thursday, September 29, 2022, 12 PM until further notice
  • Butler Park: Thursday, September 29, 2022, 12 PM until further notice
  • All other city parks will be closed beginning Friday, September 30, 2022, until further notice.
  • Yard Trash will NOT be picked up on Friday, September 30, 2022. To keep storm drains clear and prevent flooding, please do not place any yard trash by the curb until after the storm.
  • Meeting Street Artisan Market is cancelled for Saturday, October 1, 2022
  • City Hall Closed – Friday, September 30, 2022, reopening to the public on Monday, October 3, 2022

All Tandem Health offices in Sumter County will be closed Friday, Sept. 30, due to threat of severe weather.

Statewide -- Shellfish harvesting beds: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is closing all shellfish harvesting beds statewide due to Hurricane Ian and forecasted rainfall estimates. For more information on shellfish harvesting in your area, please visit our website at www.scdhec.gov/shellfish or contact your local DHEC Environmental Affairs Office in Myrtle Beach, Charleston, or Beaufort.

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