The October 2015 flood resulted in extensive damage to residential and business property, as well as infrastructure, throughout the City of Columbia. Recovering from this historic event will be a multi-year process. Please visit this page to stay informed on flood recovery information and news.





FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received subgrant applications for the City of Columbia to make repairs and improvements to a section of a sanitary sewer line in Richland County due to damages from the 2015 Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4241-SC). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for projects under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.

An initial disaster-wide Public Notice was published November 7, 2015, for the Severe Storms and Flooding. Comments and other information received were fully evaluated by FEMA along with an evaluation of social, economic, environmental, and safety considerations. This notice serves as an individual final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain. FEMA has determined that the only practicable alternative is to locate the sanitary sewer line within the floodplain because the gravity flow line is functionally dependent upon its location within the floodplain.

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements, and conditions. This action complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.

Locations of the Proposed Work:

Devine Street at Gills Creek, City of Columbia, SC. GPS Lat/Lon: 33.989220 / -80.974842

Proposed Work and Purpose:

Repairs to a damaged 8 IN diameter x 60 LF ductile iron wastewater pipe with 12 IN diameter x 60 LF cast iron pipe armor encasement that runs within the creek bed. Repairs will include methods that will prevent damages in future flooding events.

Project Alternatives:

The alternative that has been considered is the no action alternative. This alternative is not feasible and impracticable as the sanitary sewer line is considered a critical facility and leaving it as is will require running the by-pass pump continuously. With the no action alternative, continued negative impacts will be to surrounding residential and commercial properties. Alternate locations were not considered as the sanitary sewer line is functionally dependent upon its location within the floodplain and would require extensive resources to do so.

Comments:

This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described actions funded by the FEMA PA Program. Those interested may obtain information about specific projects or a map of the affected area by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, calling 770-220-5432, or by emailing [email protected]. Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line SC-4241-PW-01142 at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

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FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received subgrant applications for the City of Columbia repairs to Riverfront Park due to Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4241-SC). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for projects under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.

An initial disaster-wide Public Notice was published November 7, 2015, for the Severe Storms and Flooding. Comments and other information received were fully evaluated by FEMA along with evaluation of social, economic, environmental, and safety considerations. This notice serves as a cumulative final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain. FEMA has determined that the only practicable alternative is to repair the Park back to pre-disaster condition with mitigation measures to protect from future damage.

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements, and conditions. This action complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.

Locations of the Proposed Work:

Riverfront Park, City of Columbia, Richland County.

Proposed Work and Purpose: City of Columbia has proposed to repair the bike and walking paths, replace damaged park benches, fencing, and park lighting, fill eroded and scoured areas under walkways and support posts and replace the damaged band stand.

Project Alternatives: The alternative that has been considered is the no action alternative. This alternative is not feasible as the park will remain vulnerable to flood risk, including property damage and hazards to human life and safety. With the no action alternative, continued negative impacts will be on surrounding properties, residents, and the community may be experienced. Alternate locations were not considered for the park.

Comments:

This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described actions funded by the FEMA PA Program. Interested persons may obtain information about specific projects or a map of the affected area by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, calling 770-220-5432, or by emailing [email protected] Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line SC-4241Riverfront Park at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.


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FLOOD RECOVERY PROGRAM STATUS/UPDATES 


 Road to Recovery Annual Report 
 

Status of Recovery One Year After the Historic Flood Events in October 2015

  
Flood Recovery Dashboard                         
 
 
To view information about the Columbia Flood Recovery Program, please visit the new dashboard that provides more details about jobs by phase and location as well as cost by departments. Flood Recovery Dashboard
 
 

  

    

CDBG-Disaster Recovery Information

Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR)

CDBG-DR funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may be used to cover expenses for unmet needs resulting from the October 2015 flood. The City of Columbia will receive $19.89 million for flood recovery efforts.
 
 

 


 Flood Repair Process

 
There are very important facts to be aware of before moving forward with any repairs to a flood-damaged home located in the floodplain. Taking steps without accurate information can cost time and money. Anyone making repairs to a flood-damaged structure in the City of Columbia needs to get a zoning and building permit from the Development Center. If using the service of a contractor, they must be licensed by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.
Visit Development Inspections for more information about the permitting process can be found online or by calling (803) 545-3483. Visit Floodplain Management for more information on the City's floodplain program.

Important Documents
 

Permit Applications (all are required)

 
 

Contact Information

Floodplain Manager:   Ali Khan    (803) 545-3400    [email protected]
Building Codes:   Jerry Thompson    (803) 545-3442    [email protected]
Planning questions:   Krista Hampton    (803) 545-3425    [email protected]
Building Permits:   Development Center    (803) 545-3420 
 
 
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October 2015 SC Severe Storms and Flooding Procurement Opportunities


The City of Columbia's Purchasing Division has begun advertising the October 2015 SC Severe Storms & Flooding DR4241 competitive procurement opportunities on the City’s website. These procurement opportunities will be solicited for various commodities and services needed to support our disaster recovery efforts.  The deadlines for receiving responses to our solicitations will depend upon several factors including, but not limited to, the urgency of the needed item or service, the source selection method, the potential contract value, etc.  To access Bid Online, visit the City of Columbia’s Purchasing Department page.
 
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