Flooded and fed up, people in Mount Pleasant want town to take action on drainage issues
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) —
When Thursday's rain came down it flooded parts of one Mount Pleasant neighborhood, and people who live in the area say they're fed up.
Snee Farm residents have it all on video -- the rain pouring down, and the flooded back yards, driveways and streets.
Jonathan Mullane was standing in ankle deep water when he shared his story Thursday. At one point earlier in the afternoon, he says there was 4 to 5 feet of water in his back yard, and his furniture was floating.
"This rain storm, the amount we got in the time we got, was much worse than Matthew," says Mullane, comparing the aftermath of recent rains to the torrents of water dropped by October 2016's hurricane.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service says parts of Charleston had received slightly more than 2 inches of rain in the previous 48 hours, including one inch on Thursday. Hurricane Matthew dumped roughly a foot of rain in the same time frame last October
Mount Pleasant town officials said Thursday they're aware of the flooding issues in Snee Farm, which they say are caused by backups in storm drains. Town officials say it could take millions of dollars to fix the problem.
Meanwhile, Mullane isn't the only one in Snee Farm dealing with flooding problems. Nick Mead lives nearby. His yard flooded, but that's nothing new at his home, he says. Mead says he keeps sandbags up all year round, because he says every time it rains, his property floods.
Fed up with flooding, people such as Mead and Mullane simply want something done.
"We have to find the funds within the town to go ahead and fix things and repair things," says Mead,
Mullane fears next time it'll be worse.
"Now we are going in to hurricane season. Think about it," Mullane says, while drying out his sunroom after water seeped in. "The fun is only beginning."