Dutch scientists kick off flood study in Charleston

Tidal flooding in Charleston (File/WCIV)

They're calling it "Dutch Dialogues Charleston," a program the city officially launched today that could impact everyone in town.

"Its an intensive collaborate effort of bringing some of the worlds best experts on water management to Charleston," said Mayor John Tecklenburg.

The plan is to focus on four parts of the city: The Church Creek area of West Ashley, John's Island, Lockwood Corridor/Medical District, and the New Market Creek Area near the Ravenell Bridge.

In each location, engineers from the Netherlands will join Charleston planners to study flood patterns, and talk with land and homeowners about their requests and complaints.

By summer's end, Dutch engineers hope they'll be able to create recommendations and plans Charleston can implement to combat flooding.

They hope their research will help Charleston residents live with the water while improving the quality of life, Mayor Tecklenburg said.

The city is paying $425,000 for the study, with $225,000 coming the city's stormwater fund.

Mayor Tecklenburg said more money will be needed to enact recommendations once the study is complete. He added the city will seek out local, state, and federal funding to implement suggestions from the Dutch engineers.

The city is already moving forward with one plan, buying out and demolishing 32 townhomes in the Bridge Pointe subdivision of the Church Creek area. The cost for those purchases and demolitions was covered by a FEMA grant.

Mayor Tecklenburg said they plan to start demolishing and creating a green space within the next 90 days.

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