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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley assesses flood damage in Horry County from a United States Army helicopter. 10/7/15
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley assesses flood damage in Horry County from a United States Army helicopter. 10/7/15 tglantz@thestate.com

12:25 a.m.

The Columbia Urban League will be providing free lunch to flood displaced residents of the Lower Richland Community today at Lower Richland High School, 2615 Lower Richland Blvd.

The Columbia Urban League, in cooperation with local businesses and soccer players of South Carolina United FC, expect to serve between 100-200 people, said League spokeswoman Juantia Dean-Bates.

Donations are also welcome at Lower Richland High School between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The League said they could use baby wipes, baby food, diapers, canned items, dry cereal, disinfectant wipes, garbage bags, bleach, and disinfectant sprays. For more information, call 803-799-8150.

Update 9:30 p.m.

Two more dams failed in Richland County as part of the historic rain storm on Sunday, bringing the total to nine.

The Sunview Lake dam in southeast Columbia near Caughman Road and Walden Place dam on Rotureau Lake in Northeast Richland off Spears Creek Church Road were listed as breached on the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control on website Thursday evening.

DHEC teams are assessing many dams statewide as a precaution and discovered two unreported breaches Thursday at the Sunview and Walden Place dams that likely occurred days ago, an agency spokeswoman said. No property damage was reported, she said.

A total of 16 dams have failed in South Carolina since more than two feet of rain fell in some places of the state over the weekend. The Columbia area received more than a foot of rain on Sunday alone.

Update 7:40 p.m.

Columbia to have 10 water filing stations in operation Friday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the following locations:

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▪ Fire Station 4, 446 Spears Creek Church Road

▪ Fire Station 18, 7401 Fairfield Road

▪ Fire Station 29, 121 Old Congaree Run

▪ Fire Station 34, 321 Elders Pond Drive

▪ Columbia Place Mall, 7201 Two Notch Road.

▪ 1522 Gladden Street, Near water tower

▪ Greenview Park, 6700 David Street

▪ Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue

▪ Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road

▪ Southeast Park, 951 Hazelwood Road

Bottled water will be handed out from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the following locations:

▪ Dutch Square (former Belk parking lot), 421 Bush River Road

▪ Midlands Shopping Center, 2638 Two Notch Road

▪ Former Sam’s Club parking lot, 1401 Sunset Drive

▪ Wal-Mart, 5424 Forest Drive

▪ 3700 Landmark Drive

▪ Lower Richland High School, 2615 Lower Richland Boulevard

▪ Eastover Park, 1301 Main Street, Eastover, SC

▪ Gadsden Community Center, 1660 South Goodwin Circle

Update: 3:30 p.m.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is advising those that were displaced by the recent floods to be on the lookout for people posing as FEMA workers.

Lott said that there have been reports of “scammers” who drive around in white trucks with FEMA written on the side, posing as workers here to help flood victims.

Lott also warned those attempting to scam flood victims will be charged with a felony crime and could face up to 10 years in prison.

The S.C. State Guard has also been activated to assist in relief efforts and have the same arresting authority as Lott’s own sheriff’s deputies, he said.

There will be a curfew enacted at 12 a.m. Thursday night and every night until Monday, Lott said.

Update: 2:30 p.m.

Newberry County schools will return to a normal schedule on Friday, officials said.

Buses continue to be re-routed, which could cause some delay in pick-up and drop-off times, officials said.

Update: 2:15 p.m.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated road closures map. Drivers are urged to find alternate routes around barricaded roads instead of trying to drive through them.

I-95 remains opened to local-only traffic from I-25 in Orangeburg to Exit 119.

I-95 remains closed to all traffic from Exit 119 to Exit 132.

I-95 remains opened to local-only traffic from Exit 132 to I-20 in Florence.

SCDOT road and bridge closures: 2 p.m.

Update: 2:10 p.m.

Lexington School District 1 has canceled school Friday for all students. Employees, however, will report and work a normal schedule Friday. All after-school programs, athletic practices or events, adult education classes and other school or district-related meetings are also canceled.

Update: 2 p.m.

Richland County officials have announced several locations where large trash receptacles are available for residents to dispose of household garbage. The trash receptacles are located at:

▪  Richland County Public Works, 400 Powell Road

▪  Trenholm Park, 3900 Convenant Road

▪  Richland County Recreation Center, 7473 Parklane Road

▪  Dennys Terrace Community Center, 6429 Bishop Avenue

▪  Forest Lake Park, 6820 Wedgefield Road

▪  Crane Creek Community Center, 7405 Fairfield Road

▪  Pine Grove Community Center, 937 Piney Woods Road

▪  Caughman Road Park, 2800 Trotter Road

▪  Richland County Recreation Center, 8614 Garners Ferry Road

▪  North Springs Park, 730 Polo Road

▪  Meadow Lake Park, 524 Beckman Road

▪  Blythewood Park, 126 Boney Road

▪  Crossroad Community Center, 2750 McCord Ferry Road

▪  Hopkins Park, 150 Hopkins Park

▪  Friars Gate Park, 1712 Chad Ford Road

▪  Bluff Road Park, 148 Carswell Road

Update: 2 p.m.

South Carolina Department of Transportation officials are providing a “Major Routes” link that shows which primary state routes are open.

The information, officials said, allows for motorists to make travel plans either locally or from one region of the state to another. The recovery process in the state is continuing and ever-changing, so some of the routes that may be open could possibly be re-closed as flood waters move downstream.

Officials said they will update the map as information becomes available.

A direct link to the Major Routes map can be found here.

Update: 1:45 p.m.

The United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties have set up a web page in which those who want to assist in flood-disaster relief efforts can donate and find out information regarding volunteer opportunities.

United Way officials said the relief fund will directly benefit people, families and organizations affected by the floods. All of the funds will stay within Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties.

Officials also said organizations that are collecting or distributing goods to those displaced can contact the United Way through the website to have their organization added to their list.

For more information visit: http://www.uwaysumter.org/flood-relief-information

Update: 1 p.m.

The body of Dustin Johnston, 22, has been located near Smallwood Road in Fairfield County, county coroner James Barkley Ramsey said Thursday.

Johnston, who worked at a Columbia Food Lion on Hardscrabble Road, had been missing since historic rain and flooding enveloped the capital city Sunday.

Johnston's body was located about 100 yards from his vehicle, but Ramsey declined to give a specific cause of death until authorities look into the situation further.

However, Ramsey said, Johnston is not believed to have drowned or have met with foul play.

"Right now it's under investigation," Ramsey said.

Both Fairfield and Richland county officials had been involved in a wide-ranging search for Johnston.

Smallwood Road is several miles east of the small town of Ridgeway, about 25 miles north of Columbia.

Update: 12:45 p.m.

Richland County officials have asked for 35 temporary bridges, many of which could go to lower Richland County to help repair roads, officials said during a 12:30 news conference.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott also said the midnight to 6 a.m. curfew will be extended through Sunday.

The number of people who slept in county shelters dropped to 203 Wednesday night, Torrey Rush said.

And eight COMET bus routes are operational, Rush said.

Update: 12:30 p.m.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated road closures map. Drivers are urged to find alternate routes around barricaded roads instead of trying to drive through them.

I-95 remains opened to local-only traffic from I-25 in Orangeburg to Exit 119.

I-95 remains closed to all traffic from Exit 119 to Exit 132.

I-95 remains opened to local-only traffic from Exit 132 to I-20 in Florence.

SCDOT road and bridge closures: 12 p.m.

Update: 12:15 p.m.

The builders of the Columbia Fireflies new stadium will be distributing free water Friday.

CCEB Venue Partners said they will be distributing the water at the Drew Wellness Center located at 2101 Walker Solomon Way from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Water will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Update:12 p.m.

Richland County officials said Richland County Solid Waste & Recycling is working to pick up curbside household garbage through Saturday night.

Officials said crews will get to as many residences as they can. The crews will only pick up garbage items and not recyclables.

Normal trash collection is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 12, officials said.

Update: 12 p.m.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Thursday that the barricades blocking Congaree Road were moved before five people traveling in a truck drove through the closed roadway and crashed into flood waters, killing two people.

Coroner Gary Watts said Robert Bradford Vance, 58, of Lexington, K.Y., and Ricky Allen McDonald, 53, of Chesapeake, Ohio, were pronounced dead after being pulled from a vehicle submerged in flood waters Wednesday afternoon.

Watts said Vance and McDonald were subcontractors for the railroad. They, along with three other subcontractors, were traveling to a job site at 3 a.m. Wednesday when their vehicle crashed into flood waters near the 2100 block of Congaree Road.

Watts said the vehicle became submerged in the flood waters that had washed out a portion of the roadway. The other three subcontractors were able to escape the vehicle to safety.

A portion of Congaree Road runs parallel to a railroad line, but it is unclear what job site the men were trying to reach.

The 2100 block of Congaree Road crosses Cedar Creek, which became flooded during historic rainfall over the weekend.

So far, there have been 17 people killed throughout the Carolinas after historic rains and flooding hit the area Sunday and Monday. Nine of those victims were from Richland County, Richland County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson said.

Update: 12 p.m.

The Richland Library plans to assist citizens with FEMA applications during its normal business hours, according to officials.

Initially, FEMA assistance will be available at Richland Library Main located at 1431 Assembly St., with other Richland Library locations to offer assistance in the coming days.

During normal hours of operation, Richland Library will have staff designated to assist customers as they navigate through the FEMA application process.

The library will offer customers:

▪  Designated FEMA assistance areas

▪  Richland Library staff assistance with FEMA application preparation

▪  Access to technical support (fax machines, printers and scanners)

▪  Provision of research and resource materials

Update: 11:30 a.m.

Richland County Sheriff’s Department officials said they have made two arrests in connection with looting incidents reported around Columbia.

Justin Fann, 33, and Timothy Wyllie, 32, have both been charged with looting, according to officials.

Sheriff Leon Lott said that at 10 a.m. Thursday, deputies who were on patrol spotted Fann and Wyllie on the 100 block of Glenhaven Drive with stolen items packed in a pickup truck. The two men were allegedly going through neighborhoods stealing items from citizens’ yards.

Fann and Wyllie face a felony charge, which is punishable up to ten-years in prison, Lott said.

Both men have been transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Update: 11 a.m.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated road closures map. Drivers are urged to find alternate routes around barricaded roads instead of trying to drive through them.

SCDOT road and bridge closures: 10 a.m.

Update: 10:45 a.m.

South Carolina Highway Patrol officials continue to urge motorists that they should not move or drive through barricades set up along roads affected by flooding.

In accordance with South Carolina law, anyone who moves a barricade or drives through one faces up to a $1,000 fine, five years of jail time or both. Anyone found guilty of violating the law will also have their driver’s license suspended for five years.

Update: 10:15 a.m.

Columbia firefighters have told people to shelter in place after a gas line ruptured near Henderson Street.

Brick Lewis, a department spokesman, said firefighters were dispatched to the 1200 block of Henderson Street near Gervais Street at 9:45 a.m. in reference to a ruptured gas line. There were no reported injuries after the incident occurred.

Lewis said South Carolina Electric & Gas officials have been notified.

Update: 9:45 a.m.

Richland County officials have created a map that shows current road and bridge closures as well as dams throughout the county that have been breached and ones they are monitoring. Officials said they plan to keep the map updated throughout the day.

Click here to view the map and see which roads and bridges are closed.

Update: 9:30 a.m.

Columbia city officials will be providing updates regarding the Columbia Canal rehabilitation project, water services and waste-water systems at 11 a.m. Thursday.

West Columbia Fire Department officials said Jarvis Klapman Boulevard has been closed, while crews continue to repair portions of the Columbia Canal. Motorists are urged to seek alternate routes around the area.

Update: 9:30 a.m.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department will hold a press conference Thursday at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department headquarters at 3 p.m.

Sheriff Leon Lott will be updating the public on search and rescue efforts, safety and other topics related to historic statewide flooding.

Update: 9 a.m.

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department officials said Thursday morning that the only shelter that will remain open in the county is located at Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s Seven Oaks Park.

The shelter is pet friendly and is currently accepting donations of water and non-perishable food items.

Update: 9 a.m.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources officials have announced a temporary closure of the hunting season in five coastal plain drainage systems affecting several counties.

Due to historic statewide flooding, SCDNR officials declared a closure of hunting on all game except for alligators, doves, hogs and coyotes. The flooding has created a potential for exploitation of game species that are deprived of their normal escape routes and confined to small areas of high ground.

Officials said effective at 12 a.m. Wednesday, a four-day closure of the season will be enacted, except for those mentioned. The closure will continue until 12 a.m. Sunday.

Officials said they will continue to monitor flooded areas to adjust the closure zones and time frames as conditions change.

Check the following link for maps of the areas that have been closed: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/news/yr2015/oct8/oct8_nohunt.html

Update: 8:30 a.m.

Gov. Nikki Haley will be holding a press conference Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center to discuss updates on statewide flooding recovery.

Update: 8 a.m.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated road closures map. Drivers are urged to find alternate routes around barricaded roads instead of trying to drive through them.

SCDOT road and bridge closures: 8 a.m.

Update: 6:45 a.m.

South Carolina Emergency Management Division officials said as of Wednesday, residents of the following 16 counties are eligible for Individual Assistance from federal authorities:

▪  Berkeley

▪  Charleston

▪  Clarendon

▪  Dorchester

▪  Georgetown

▪  Horry

▪  Lexington

▪  Orangeburg

▪  Richland

▪  Sumter

▪  Williamsburg

▪  Calhoun

▪  Darlington

▪  Florence

▪  Kershaw

▪  Lee

Officials said survivors who sustained losses in these designated counties can apply for assistance by registering online at Disasterassistance.org, or by calling (800) 621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call (800) 462-7585, and those who use video relay service may call (800) 621-3362.

SCEMD officials also said as of 11 p.m. Wednesday:

▪  23 shelters are open with two on standby throughout state, with 551 seeking shelter among them.

▪  Fewer than 200 power outages statewide

▪  PIPS call center: 6,700 calls from public answered to date

▪  SC Highway Patrol calls for assistance since start of operations: 4,926

▪  Total collisions since start of operations: 2,122

▪  Total number of fatalities due to flooding: 17

Update: 6:30 a.m.

Richland County Sheriff’s Department officials said they have located a man who has been missing since historic rain and flooding enveloped the city Sunday.

Lt. Curtis Wilson, a department spokesman, said 22-year-old Dustin Johnston has been located in Fairfield County. Johnston was last seen Sunday morning leaving the Food Lion located at the 4700 block of Hardscrabble Road where he worked.

Wilson did not say if Johnston was found dead or alive, and the Richland County Coroner’s Office did not respond immediately to a reporter’s question.

Wilson said more information will be coming later Thursday regarding Johnston’s recovery.

Update: 6 a.m.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated road closures map. Drivers are urged to find alternate routes around barricaded roads instead of trying to drive through them.

SCDOT road and bridge closures: 6 a.m.

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