The Richland County Coroner’s Office has identified five victims of dangerous flash flooding that hit Columbia on Sunday.
The victims are a majority of the nine deaths statewide. All nine fatalities occurred along roadways, either through collisions or vehicles being washed off the roads by floodwaters.
The victims include 45-year-old Timothy Gibson, a state Department of Transportation maintenance worker whose truck got caught in floods southeast of Columbia. The Coroner’s Office said his truck was overturned and carried downstream by the water.
The other victims have been identified as 24-year-old Alexandria Holmes of Columbia. She was found dead in hear car at 1:10pm Sunday on Sunset Drive, about a half-mile west of Palmetto Health Richland hospital. Holmes was a recent graduate of USC. Friends say she was a bartender in town.
78-year-old Robert McCarty of Columbia was found dead in his vehicle near the Whole Foods store on Devine Street.
35-year-old Melissa Hall was found dead in her vehicle at 3:30 a.m. Monday morning at Shady Lane and Kilbourne Road. That area had been flooded as water spilled over the Lake Katherine dam east of Columbia on Sunday.
60-year-old Robert Allawos of Columbia was also found in his car Monday at 7:15am at Caughman and Teague Roads. That area is just downstream of Sun View Lake in southeast Columbia.