West Ashley residents suffer as drainage gets ignored

West Ashley residents suffer as drainage gets ignored
September 12 15:43 2017 Print This Article

Dozens of West Ashley neighborhoods experienced flooding Monday as the back bands of Tropical Storm Irma brought four to five inches of rain. A lot of the damage was brought on by the failure of the drainage infrastructure to be maintained by the City of Charleston, Charleston County and the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).

Wendell and Lisa Glover live in the Magnolia Ranch neighborhood off Highway 61 since before Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and have never experienced flooding until recent years. The property is in unincorporated Charleston County, and Lisa said nobody in the county has seemed concerned about the repeated flooding damage in the area. There was standing water in the ditches 18 hours after the last rainfall, indicating that it is not draining properly.

Mustafa Ozyurt has experienced extensive flooding in his Shadowmoss home in the City of Charleston four times since 2015. He says that there was never a problem on his property until the construction of West Ashley Circle and the widening of Bees Ferry Road. Ozyurt suspects that SCDOT used drainage piping on Bees Ferry Road with inadequate diameter to accommodate the runoff rainwater. Three of his neighbors have abandoned their homes because there is no prospect of selling them and too costly to re-build. Lowcountry Source has reported on problems associated with West Ashley Circle.

Senator Sandy Senn was on-hand to hear the concerns of West Ashley residents who experienced flooding damage. She pledged to work closely with SCDOT to work out the engineering problems associated with the Church Creek Drainage Basin.

The City of Charleston is paying engineering firm Wescott & Sampson to do a study of the Church Creek basin. Project Manager Robert Horner has requested people to document drainage concerns and send pictures to HornerR@WSEINC.com. The firm is conducting a community outreach meeting Wednesday at 6 pm at the Canterbury Woods Clubhouse, 2070 Pinehurst Drive, Charleston, SC 29414.