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A near-record deluge floods basements, damages cars

Sep 27, 2011 6:49:00 AM - thestate.com
Soggy files of paper records lay in stacks on the floor, wet red uniforms covered debris along back walls, and a rank odor was already starting to arise from the muck.

This was not what City Year director Elliott Epps expected Monday morning.

The non-profit routinely stores everything in its basement on shelves or atop plastic boxes, because heavy rains typically push an inch or two of water into the basement of the Hampton Street office.

Sunday’s rains were anything but typical.

More than 3 inches of rain fell on downtown Columbia in less than 90 minutes Sunday, flooding all of the standard places and plenty of places that usually don’t flood.

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