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Cane Bay Trail drainage issues need a permanent fix, residents say

Cane Bay Drainage (WCIV)

People in Cane Bay want a fix to an ongoing problem. They say there's drainage issues along the Cane Bay Trail in Berkeley County. They say the trail is also unfinished.

People who live in the area say the trail is unreliable, because standing water often makes it impassable. The bigger concern, some say, is that students use the trail and end up crossing the four-lane road when it's flooded.

One homeowner, who asked not to be identified, said a full-functioning trail was part of the allure when buying a home in Old Rice Retreat four years ago.

“I got kids in all three schools and they all have to use the tunnel and basically can’t get through. It’s ankle deep or higher when they try to go through,” he said.

He said when students can’t use the tunnel, the drop-off line is endless.

“It’s a three-to-four-hour ordeal to get traffic out of the neighborhood flowing again, every school morning,” he said. “I’ve watched high school kids try and cross that road and almost get hit.”

People also say part of the trail is unfinished, a portion near the Magnolia neighborhood.

“It’s a very short piece of this trail and there’s a neighbor of mine who, when he moved in, decided he wanted to bushwhack and knock down trees and make it so it was useable to walk, useable to ride a bike if you’re decent at staying up,” said Mark Tween, a resident who lives off Koban Dori Road. “But for little kids it doesn’t work and anytime it rains, it’s a muddy mess.”

The homeowner in Old Rice Retreat said his calls and e-mails to the homeowners association have gone unanswered.

"Different parents have called Berkeley County, the developer, the Cane Bay HOA, and nobody will take responsibility for it," he said. “Get water drained from tunnel or get trail extended, so the kids can get to

Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson with Community Management Group, which is in charge of the HOA said a fix is on the way. They said the Berkeley County School District and the Cane Bay Master Association maintain the tunnel and overpass and are currently reviewing project proposal plans for a long-term fix.

As for the trail completion, the spokesperson said the portion in question is actually not part of the Cane Bay Trail plan, adding that chunk of land is where they’ll eventually extend Cane Bay Boulevard to Highway 176.

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