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Flood victims share their stories

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Richland County resident Debra Abraham shows pictures of her broken water heater and failed septic system. Richland County resident Debra Abraham shows pictures of her broken water heater and failed septic system.
A list of complaints and issues that need to be addressed in Debra Abraham's home due to the October flood. A list of complaints and issues that need to be addressed in Debra Abraham's home due to the October flood.

By Courtney Thornley

Months after the record-breaking rainfall in Columbia, Richland County flood victims are suffering. The October flood left many without the basic essentials like a home, clean water or a functioning toilet.

The Community Input and Recovery Project invited people hit hard by the flooding to a series of six meetings to give people the chance to share their stories.

Debra Abraham still boils her water.

"My skin complexion is changing because I'm using the water," she said.

Abraham is still dealing with mold, a broken water heater, rodents in walls and a septic system that has yet to be fixed.

"I'm better. I'm not trying to be bitter. But you saw the pictures. Is that a good living arrangement?" she said.

Abraham wrote her complaints and issues down on a form titled "After the Flood: Community Input and Recovery Project." Participants were able to sit down with county officials and engineers.

Tetra Tech was hired to collect a data of inventory of where the flooding occurred and the extent of the damage in Columbia.

"We are going to be able to use that information to help us determine good strategies to mitigate future flooding," Tetra Tech's Eric Byrne said.

He says these numbers will give Tetra Tech a better grasp on the post-flood conditions and promote strategies to prevent future destruction.

If you would like to apply for assistance or aid, you can contact FEMA (800) 621-3362 or visit their website.

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