Raging Water – New ETV Documentary on 2015 Flood

By B. Jamison

Shot of flooded area

ETV’s new documentary entitled Raging Water explores the effects of the historic “1,000-year flood” that devastated our state in 2015. As a potential rain event turned into a catastrophe, our state faced the breach of manmade structures, the failure of water systems, and floodwaters that swept into an already engorged river system. 

Columbia Canal Six Months After the Flood

By M. Ziehe

End of Columbia Canal emptied

According to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, the Columbia Canal at Riverfront Park dates back to 1824. The canal was an efficient and inexpensive navigation route where the Broad River and the Saluda River form the Congaree River. After the implementation of the railroad in Columbia, its importance as a means of transportation decreased. In 1891, the canal was redesigned and became a major power source for the city of Columbia.

VIDEO | 2016 Indie Grits' Artists Interpret the Flood’s Impact

By M. Ziehe

Sign on the Nickelodeon Theater about Indie Grits

This year, the capital city’s very own film festival, Indie Grits, celebrated its 10th anniversary, and the theme had important meaning. After the October flood, organizers decided to focus the work on the impact the water had on the area and as a way to help the community to heal.

Photographs retrieved from Indie Grits website and SCETV album.

Columbia's Riverfront Park Reopens

By A. Esselman

Welcome Back Sign at Park

Columbia’s Riverfront Park is more than just a path by the river. It is a place that brings people together. After the canal was breached during the historic flood, the Columbia Riverfront Park was closed. However, portions of the park finally reopened this past Tuesday. Already, the stories of how it is drawing people from all over are flooding in.

George and Pat Flammer are from New York. They own a home here in Columbia that they visit a few times during the year, especially during the winter when it is cold further north. “We’re very happy that it’s open again,” says Pat. 

Private Dam Owners Face Repair Struggles After Flood

By K. Blackwell

23 S.C. roads still closed after historic flooding.

Hundreds of roads were washed out last year in historic flooding that hit parts of South Carolina, and while many of those roads are now open, roads that pass over washed-out privately owned dams are not. According to an article in The State, 23 roads are still closed, due to the fact that they run over privately owned dams that have yet to be repaired. In many cases, the dam owners are homeowner associations.  According to DHEC, none have submitted permit applications to be repaired, mainly because owners are struggling to figure out how to pay for the repairs.

Flood Recovery Efforts Continue in the Midlands

By M. Ziehe

House destroyed by the 2015 flood

Since 1996, Home Works of America, a Columbia, S.C.-based nonprofit, has been providing free home repairs to elderly, disabled and disadvantaged home owners across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Their goal is to repair homes, while assisting youth in their development and empowering communities to meet the needs of their members. Volunteers include youth and adults, skilled and unskilled, from a variety of faith backgrounds and organizations.

FEMA’s Role in Repairing SC Roads Due to Historic Flood

By K. Blackwell


The historic flooding that S.C. experienced last year has brought the issue of the crumbling infrastructure to the forefront of the Legislative Session. While a roads and bridges bill is underway in the Senate, many people are wondering what role FEMA will play in aiding the road repair. Palmetto Scene spoke with Senator Tom Davis about this issue.