Some retailers in Columbia will not open Saturday as a precaution for the flooding that major storms sometimes bring to streets there.
“We know this area is prone to flooding,” said Eric Ruppe, a technician at ITech Connnections in the 600 block of Harden Street in Fvie Points.
His store closed for the weekend Friday, with sandbags against its front door along with cell phones and computer equipment placed atop counters.
Edible Arrangements a few stores away also will be shut Saturday.
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Store staff have sandbags on hand to place against the door when they leave Friday. “We know to get them ready,” store manager O’Con Shell said.
A recording told customers phoning the the Cupcakes Down South in the Vista were told the store closed Friday and Saturday “due to inclement weather.”
Such decisions are individual with each store operator, said Meredith Atkinson, director of the Congaree Vista Guild.
Historic Columbia is closing the museums it oversees on Saturday, a group that includes the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, Mann-Simons site and the Woodrow Wilson Home.
It follows closings also announced by the State Museum, Riverbanks Zoo abnd Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.
However, EdVenture Children’s Museum plans to be open, spokeswoman Margaret Clarkson said.
As usual in heavy rain, the Soda City market will be held in the parking garage at Taylor and Sumter streets instead of outdoors on Main Street downtown, organizers said.
Meanwhile, Lexington County officials urged owners of private ponds – many of them in rural areas – to lower water levels to help keep dams from breaking and flooding roads and areas downstream.
County trash collection centers and libraries will reopen Sunday.
The 11 centers will reopen two hours early from 1-7 p.m. while libraries will resume normal hours then, officials announced.
Red Cross officials reported 99 people are staying at a shelter at White Knoll High School in the Red Bank area and 91 people at another at Dent Middle School near Forest Acres.
In Richland County, Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport will close at 8 p.m. Friday and reopen from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.