Business owner: Heavy rainfall, flooding keeps customers out of Five Points

Business owner: Heavy rainfall, flooding keeps customers out of Five Points

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Record setting rainfall pounded Columbia Tuesday night and flooded several streets and neighborhoods.

A business in Five Points tells WIS that rainfall like Tuesday night's is keeps customers away.

Seth Anderson, the manager at Rio's Pizza and Bagels in Five Points, he says water rolls down the hill at the intersection of Harden Street and Blossom Street and fills their parking spots with water. Anderson says business dies off every time there's a heavy rain like Tuesday nights.

"As soon as it starts raining, people just don't come to Five Points at all because they know it's going to flood," Anderson said. "You know I've been down here when there's 3 feet of water and nobody can drive."

Anderson is unaware if the city addressed the issue, but he believes there's a drainage issue that needs to be take care of. He says he's worried with more rain on the way, but Rio's won't necessarily operate any differently. Thankfully, they've yet to have water flood above the sidewalk and into the building.

The City of Columbia Public Works say they didn't received any calls Tuesday night asking crews to respond to flooding during last night's storm.

On Wednesday, the city took precautions cleaning culverts and pipes and making sure creeks and catch basins aren't clogged.

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