County has reporting system to document drainage problems

County has reporting system to document drainage problems
March 05 16:17 2020 Print This Article

On a rainy Thursday, a lot of Charleston County residents found standing water on their properties and noticed flaws in the drainage system. The drainage system is maintained by governmental agencies at the municipal, county and state levels, and it can be confusing to determine which agency is responsible for the problem. That is why State Senator Sandy Senn created the Charleston County Intergovernmental Flood Task Force, which has developed an integrated drainage reporting system.

The Flood Task Force is headed by Charleston County Legislative Delegation staff member Sonia Jones. Residents and business owners may call in flaws in the drainage system at 843-740-5855, and Jones will e-mail the report form documenting the problem. People may enter the the information on their computers and e-mail it back as an attachment or print out the form and deliver it to the legislative delegation office at North Charleston City Hall. Jones will then contact the agency responsible for performing the maintenance action. It is helpful to provide photos documenting the problem.

On February 7, Senn toured 14 properties where drainage problems had been reported to the task force, accompanied by stormwater management officials with Charleston County, City of Charleston, James Island Public Service District, Town of James Island, DHEC, OCRM and SCDOT. Senn likes the integrated approach to drainage, because it eliminates finger-pointing. She says, “If you want to solve the problem, you need to have everyone at the table.”