Thunderstorms Monday night in the Midlands led to downed trees and flash floods, and Five Points was hit particularly hard. Water washed merchandise off the shelves at Walgreens (pictured, courtesy of @DrinkingTicket), and more than two dozen businesses were affected.
The Five Points Association released the following statement Tuesday.
The Five Points district is overwhelmed by the support and concern we have received from the community as a result of last night’s heavy rain and flooding. We had over 25 businesses take in water, some experiencing only wet carpets and puddles, and others experiencing an extensive loss of inventory.
The City of Columbia is staging barricades in the appropriate areas in case we experience more heavy rainfall this week.
Please use caution when driving during heavy rain, avoiding flooded areas city-wide.
Surrounding neighborhoods, please consider bagging your yard clippings and debris to keep them from floating into Five Points and clogging the storm drains.
Please consider helping these merchants bounce back by joining us this weekend for the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. The majority of our businesses are locally owned and operated, so when you spend your dollars locally, they go further.