Blake Beal has lived in Columbia all 32 years of his life and has never seen the Pearl River flooded to this extent.
Beal is the assistant operations manager at Beal’s Collision Center in Columbia, adjacent to the river. On top of the flooding, the collision center experienced damage from the tornados in December and just got the damage repaired.
“We have dug trenches to divert the floodwaters away from the collision center to save it from any further damage," Beal said. "The Pearl River has flooded to the bank in my lifetime, but has never come this far inland to the residential areas."
Currently, MEMA has issued flood warnings along the Mississippi River until March 10.
Residents can be prepared for flooding by following MEMA on Twitter and their website to get alerts.