It’s been nine months since October’s devastating flooding. Columbia was one of the hardest-hit areas, with the capitol city and its suburbs being ground zero for flooded homes and businesses, breached dams, and where tens of thousands of residents went nearly a week without treated water.
Mayor Steve Benjamin told South Carolina Radio Network that the work continues. “We continue to repair infrastructure across the city,” he said during an interview from the U.S. Conference of Mayors last week. “We continue to support our fantastic employees in public works. Our law enforcement are still working to patrol very closely the neighborhoods affected by the flooding, keeping people’s property safe.”
Benjamin said the key to a full recovery is cooperation at all levels. “The response has been good and positive because we’ve been doing it together. I wish it could be faster,” he said.
Columbia’s water treatment plant was damaged and residents had to boil water for days after the flooding.
“October 4th, which is my wife’s birthday was an incredibly life changing event for dozens of communities all across our state,” Benjamin said. “We’re talking about two dozen lives lost, hundreds of dams broken, billions of dollars of infrastructure damage.”