Open Letter

Almost two years ago, Richland County experienced widespread devastation from flooding as is currently happening in Texas. Although Hurricane Harvey downgraded to a tropical storm, its fury is continuing. Rescue efforts are ongoing in Texas, and, as we in Richland County know all too well, the recovery phase is still months away.

Because our experience with life disruption due to massive flooding is still raw, we know what these communities are going through. The Richland County Emergency Services Department is in communication with statewide emergency officials, and it stands at the ready to offer assistance if and when a call for help comes.

To assist our friends in Texas, Richland County is partnering with Columbia Relief (, a joint initiative between Richland County, the City of Columbia, Lexington County and several businesses and organizations to combine and maximize efforts to provide aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. A crisis of this magnitude requires all we can give, so this message serves as a call to action to everyone in Richland County and the Midlands who are able to help Texans get back on their feet. We challenge our community to draw on its resources and spirit of service to assist those in need. We can stand with Houston and the State of Texas by:

  • Making supply donations at various donation drop-off sites established throughout the County, including at five Richland County Government facilities: Administration Building (2020 Hampton St.), Judicial Center (1701 Main St.), Utilities Department (7525 Broad River Road), Public Works (400 Powell Road) and the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (201 John Mark Dial Drive).
  • Contributing to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, at
  • Partnering with reputable nonprofit, civic or faith-based groups.

All of this information and more, including the current need for donations, is available at

Texas, you have our support.


Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson, District 2 on behalf of Richland County Council, South Carolina