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Charlotte sends help to flooded Columbia

A road is washed out from flooding in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Despite an improving forecast, it will still take weeks for the state to return to normal after being pummeled by an historic rainstorm.
A road is washed out from flooding in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Despite an improving forecast, it will still take weeks for the state to return to normal after being pummeled by an historic rainstorm. AP

Indivduals, businesses and organizations in the Charlotte area are part of the effort to help Columbia, S.C., residents impacted by historic flooding.

“Seeing the (dam) breaks and seeing all the crises that were happening, we began to respond as a church and seek out ways to help through our Methodist connection,” said Nathan Arledge, the minister of missions at Myers Park United Methodist Church. “We’re sending this for the greater community.”

Church members were collecting donations of bottled water, hygiene items and diapers to send to Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, which then is distributing them to the surrounding community.

Volunteers made two trips on Tuesday and two more were scheduled for Wednesday.

Among the latest efforts to help:

▪ The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte sent a disaster team to Columbia Monday. To support its efforts, go to www.salvationarmycharlotte.org.

▪ Radio station 107.9-FM “The Link” collected bottled water, as did One Life Church in Concord, among other groups.

▪ Matthews-based Harris Teeter is donating a truckload of water, or 38,400 bottles, to flood victims in Columbia.

▪ Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix, which is opening more stores in North Carolina, is accepting donations at check-out lines at its area stores for flood victims. The grocer also said it’s coordinating truckloads of water donations and shelf-stable food, and is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross to go toward relief efforts.

▪ On its website, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division listed volunteer groups where people could donate money to help flood victims. Go to www.scemd.org for details. Adam Bell contributed.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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