Funding secured for Hickory Farms drainage improvements

Funding secured for Hickory Farms drainage improvements
August 27 15:30 2018 Print This Article

Charleston City Council passed a measure last week to spend $482,000 on drainage improvements in the flood-prone Hickory Farms subdivision in West Ashley. It is the first drainage improvement among the seven recommended in the Church Creek Drainage Basin Study to be implemented. The estimated cost of implementing all seven recommendations in the study is about $43 million.

Hickory Farms, known for its grand houses and multi-acre lots, was never at risk for flooding before 2015. The construction of West Ashley Circle and the widening of Bees Ferry Road altered the neighborhood’s drainage system, and some homeowners have sustained four or more flooding incidents since then. The project approved last week calls for digging a channel along existing property easements to prevent stormwater back flow in the neighborhood. The project was requested by first-term Charleston City Councilman Harry Griffin, whose district includes most of the Church Creek Drainage Basin.

Griffin will host 1st Congressional District candidate Katie Arrington’s initial Drainage Roundtable discussion Thursday at his home in the Shadowmoss Plantation subdivision. Arrington plans to meet with businesses and homeowners in flood-prone areas throughout the district, from Bluffton (in Beaufort County) to Goose Creek (Berkeley County) every week, leading up to the November 6 election.