Storm-Ravaged Columbia Continues Recovery Efforts

Massive cleanup in South Carolina highlights the power of teamwork and community in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin. But there's still much work to be done.
Storm-Ravaged Columbia Continues Recovery Efforts
The foreground shows the 60-foot breach in the Columbia Canal just north of the hydroelectric dam at its end. This breach threatened the water supply to the City of Columbia Canal Water Treatment Plant, one of two drinking water plants that together serve 375,000 people in the Midlands area. A temporary coffer dam was built upstream of this breach to stabilize canal levels. Bypass pumping was also set up to draw water from the canal and the Broad River while the temporary dam was being construct

The historic rain event that hit the East Coast in early October has left some areas continuing to deal with immediate recovery efforts as well as a lengthier look ahead to the repair work and associated costs that remain. South Carolina felt much of the storm’s impact, and its...

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