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Looking Back at the 1908 Flood and Canal Break

Over a century ago Columbia suffered canal breaks during the great flood of 1908. This article from The State dated August 29, 1908 reported the damage, “After tearing two large gaps in the canal bank, destroying a steel bridge and the two gigantic intake pipes supplying the city with water…the crest of the freshet on the Congaree, Saluda and Broad rivers passed on yesterday morning and the waters receded slowly from nearly 36 feet.”

Photographs from the Richland Library digital collection connect us with another long forgotten flood in August 1928.

Worker secures electrical poles at Gervais Street Bridge following flood

Temporary Broad River Bridge with portions washed out by flood, next to concrete bridge under construction