Lexington Flood Victims Assess Damage

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Lexington, S.C. (WOLO) — On Tuesday, residents and business owners in Lexington started to assess the damage after the rain finally stopped in the midlands. “Everything’s gone, history is gone,” said Beth Sanders, owner of Moonlight Distillery. Sanders lost her entire business, Moonlight Distillery, on Sunday when the area was hit by catastrophic flooding after the dam behind the Lexington Old Mill broke. Sanders said early Sunday morning she got a call from the security company informing her the front door was compromised, but it wasn‘t until the second phone call that she knew something more was wrong. “That’s when we actually found out what was going on, it was no building left,” described Sanders. Lexington officials said around 4 o’clock Sunday morning the dam broke and water flooded over the 30 to 40 foot wall protecting the parking lot. “This is the area that we are calling ground zero for us,” said Mayor Steve MacDougall. “This is where everything piled in on us.” Mayor MacDougall said on Sunday parts of the mill were submerged in 4 to 5 feet of water and many roadways were closed due to unsafe infrastructure. However, as flood waters receed and things dry out, MacDougall said the town is focused on clean-up efforts to rebuild what was lost. Authorities said all roads except one secondary road in the Town of Lexington are now open. MacDougall said 8 houses have been condemned and roughly 20 individuals are in shelters.

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