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.


Notification is hereby given to the public of the intent of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance to the City of Columbia for the repair and restoration of critical utility and infrastructure assets that were damaged during the October 2015 storm and flood disaster, designated DR 4241.  Such assets include the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant located at 1200 Simmon Tree Lane, and various water and wastewater utility lines, mains, and lift and pump stations throughout the City.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990 FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority or low-income populations.

Funding for the proposed projects will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.


City of Columbia

Project Title:

Various; Projects are for repairs to City infrastructure damaged during the October 2015 storm and flood disaster (DR 4241) and include the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant, city wastewater and water service mains and lines, pump and lift stations, and associated electrical connections and erosion repairs.

Location of Proposed Work:

Various locations within the City of Columbia including the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant, various sewer and water lines, pump and lift stations.


Proposed Work and Purpose:

The City of Columbia proposes to repair infrastructure assets indicated above that have been damaged during the October 2015 storm and flood disaster (DR 4241).  Some of the assets that require repair are located in the Special Flood Hazard Area, or within the base or one percent chance floodplain (also known as the 100-yr floodplain). The properties will be repaired in compliance with applicable permits and laws, in a manner to minimize temporary environmental/wetlands impacts, and to restore and/or conserve the natural floodplain functions. All construction will comply with South Carolina and local building code requirements and specifications.

Project Alternatives:

The alternatives to the projects that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) mitigation reconstruction. Alternative 1 to the proposed project is not viable because the infrastructure assets requiring repair are critical assets to the City of Columbia’s ability to provide safe and compliant utility services to citizens.   Alternative 2 will be considered on a case-by-case basis when mitigation measures such as relocation or additional asset protection are viable engineering solutions to the problem.  In such cases the City will evaluate the impacts to the environment and the cost-benefit of the mitigation measures in conjunction with, or as opposed to, the proposed repair back to pre-storm condition.

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed projects. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to the Jeanne Yacoub, 1136 Washington Street, 4th Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. These are due within 15 days of this notice. The State will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed. Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action including area maps, or request a copy of the findings by contacting:

Ms. Jeanne Yacoub, P.E.                                                                                   (803) 545-3438

Flood Recovery Program Manager                                                                  [email protected]

Ms. Missy Caughman                                                                                        (803) -545-3201

City of Columbia Flood Recovery Program Manager                                 [email protected]

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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 

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.