Historic South Carolina Flooding, Three Months Later At Swan Lake Iris Gardens
During the weekend of Oct. 3, 2015, South Carolina experienced a flooding that affected communities statewide. Located in Sumter, South Carolina is Swan Lake Iris Gardens. According to The City of Sumter, this park is the most visited park in town and is best know for its floral attractions. The park was forced to close after the flooding due to hazardous conditions.
It’s now exactly three months after the flooding took place. After researching, taking a look at the property and capturing images, the park is making progress. However, the garden area looks as if all flowers have been completely washed away. The fence around the park has been damaged and is currently being worked on. Some of the trails have been washed away and the water level is lower than normal.
Each month, Swan Lake hosts a list of activities that are open to the community. When not hosting, space is rented out to the public for use of the property. Rental facilities are not available at this time. 500,000 people or more every year visits the park. This number includes visitors from across the state and other countries. Swan Lake Iris Gardens has even been featured in Southern Living and Better Home Gardens according to The City of Sumter’s website.
Limited access is permitted to visitors at this time. The main fair way, also known, as the lawn area is open now. The playground, trails, gazebo and a few other areas are open as well. Reconstruction is taking place to get the park open in all areas.
For more information about Swan Lake Iris Gardens or to simply speak with a park employee, you can take a look at sumtersc.gov. You can also contact Swan Lake Visitors Center at (803) 436-2640.
Below are a few pictures that were captured three months after the flooding.