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      Storm damages buildings, cars in Columbia

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Columbia's Fire and Police Departments were working together Wednesday night to clean up storm damage after heavy rain and strong winds blew several large trees onto houses and cars in the city.

      City officials released the following details on the status of the damage and clean-up Wednesday night.

      Current Areas Affected:

      o Some portions of 5Points, Shandon, Old Shandon, MLK Neighborhood. Additionally, areas between Millwood Avenue south to Rosewood Avenue and Saluda Avenue east to Ott Street.


      o Ranging from numerous power lines down in the roadways and on homes.

      o 4 calls of persons entrapped inside homes with one reported injury due to downed tree

      o Upwards reported of 60+ trees/limbs down in affected areas

      o 10+ downed power lines

      o Localized Flooding in typical flooding areas

      o Power outages ranging 100-200 SCE&G customers in the affected areas defined above

      City Staff Actions:

      o Conducting damage assessments

      o Housing Inspectors assessing damages to structures in above affected areas

      o Public Works clearing roadways

      o Traffic Engineering repairing damaged traffic signals

      o CPD conducting traffic controls and zone watch

      o SCE&G currently working to reestablish power to affected areas

      o Parks & Rec established and manning shelter location at MLK Park

      Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says his men responded to more than 80 calls for help in three hours when the storm hit Wednesday afternoon.