If you live or have property in a high-flood risk area in Richland County, an upcoming open house will help you learn how you can protect yourselves and your property.
Flood hazard maps that are used to indicate parts of the county that are susceptible to damaging flooding have been updated this year to reflect recent changes in topography, land use and drainage patterns. That means some properties that used to be considered at risk no longer are, and other properties that used to be safe are now considered at risk.
The Flood Risk Open House from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 24 at 2020 Hampton St. Residents can learn whether a property is located in one of those high-flood areas. They can also get information about flood insurance, view flood maps and speak with flood risk officials.
Richland County’s flood areas include some sections along local streams, including Gills Creek, Crane Creek and Mill Creek, among others.
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Ways to reduce flood damage include constructing water barriers, retrofitting structures with waterproofing and elevating structures above flood levels.
For more information about the Flood Risk Open House, contact Andrea Bolling at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-576-2150.
Reach Ellis at (803) 771-8307.
If you go
What: Flood Risk Open House
When: June 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton St., Columbia