Mount Pleasant Mayor addresses Snee Farm residents' flooding frustrations

Snee Farm Mount Pleasant Flooding (WCIV)

Heavy rain Thursday in parts of Charleston County left many properties in Mount Pleasant's Snee Farm under water. Those worst affected by the flooding say it's not a new problem, and the town knows what's causing it. They're asking officials what's being done about the underlying issue: outdated and underperforming drainage infrastructure.

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"We're doing a lot of things for storm water and drainage, but when we have events that are that intense and that quick, the water can't seep into the ground quick enough, so there's no system that we have in place that would help that," Mayor Linda Page said with regard to Thursday's rainshowers.

Page says the town has approved a $10.2 million project to help repair the old infrastructure in the neighborhood.

"I believe we've hired the contractor for that job, so that money has been borrowed, and that is undergoing very soon, so they should see relief and that will help a lot" Page says. "When underground infrastructure is damaged, or missing, the water can't flow properly, so I think Snee Farm should see some good relief."

Old Village has been another place that has suffered from flooding. The mayor says a study on flooding in that area is complete and the next step is to find the funding. She says the Coleman Blvd. project is moving ahead and should help drainage in over 20 acres, including Old Village.

Those living in Snee Farm still say the town needs to do more.

"I think we need to have the retention pond on Whipple that needs to be dug out and allow more water to go in," Snee Farm resident Nick Mead suggested. Mead keeps sandbags at the ready around his home because he says the flooding is so severe.

"I get anywhere from 2-4 inches of standing water," Mead says.

A day later, the water was gone, but cleanup is something Mead and neighbor Jonathan Mullane say they deal with every time it storms.

"When I first moved here 10 years ago, it wasn't like this," Mullane says.

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