COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Along Gills Creek in Columbia, residents whose houses were submerged in flood waters are struggling to recover after their homes and belongings, some sentimental, were destroyed.
In the wake of a once-in-a-millennium rainstorm that caused at least 17 dam failures, hundreds of homeowners spent the week picking up the pieces of their ruined homes.
Beverly Steinhauser, whose backyard is adjacent to the creek and whose house received five feet of water, said she had to step over hundreds of fish scattered across the floor after returning home on Monday, an experience she called "horrifying."
Downstream, Mike Zeek ran out of his home with his wife and dog as the floodwaters swallowed his front lawn. He said he doesn't know when or how they'll recover since insurance claims and a mountain of paperwork await.