by John Steinberger | February 7, 2020 1:59 pm
State Senator Sandy Senn toured the properties of 17 homeowners in West Ashley and James Island who have flooding problems Friday, in an effort to work on inter-governmental solutions. Equipped with waders, Senn trudged through the mud with stormwater management personnel from City of Charleston, Charleston County, the Town of James Island, James Island Public Service District, DHEC, OCRM and the North Charleston Sewer District to seek solutions for the homeowners.
In October 2018, Senn became Chairwoman of the Charleston County Legislative Delegation’s Flooding Prevention Task Force. Her immediate goal was to bring every government entity that deals with flooding together to avoid finger-pointing and seek drainage solutions. The task force’s purpose is to implement small-scale solutions that fit within existing government budgets.
Senn observed that most of the recurring flooding problems stem from recent development on properties that had foundations elevated by fill dirt. She toured several properties on Howle Avenue on James Island. The properties have experienced frequent flooding and standing water since The Standard, The Core and The Avalon apartment complexes were built on fill dirt along Maybank Highway, increasing stormwater runoff onto Howle. Several homeowners spoke of standing water above one foot deep following a normal rainstorm. The standing water leads to raccoon infestation and attracts other pests.
Government officials are working with homeowners to establish drainage easements to install new drainpipes, deepen ditches, and develop other strategies to improve drainage. The existing drainage ditches had standing water, even though there had been little rainfall in almost a week. The James Island neighborhood has properties in both City of Charleston and James Island PSD.
Homeowners who want the Flooding Prevention Task Force to visit their properties should contact legislative delegation staff member Cathy Collum at CCollum@CharlestonCounty.org or call 843-740-5855.
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