'The Town of Andrews needs to do something:' People demand action as flooding gets worse
Monday brought an unbearable morning of weather, leaving a mess for many around the Lowcountry.
Charleston, of course, saw flooding, but in the Georgetown County town of Andrews, where water washed up into homes again, people are saying enough is enough.
In front yards and back yards, some homes in Andrews saw a foot of water. Mayor Frank McClary spent the day surveying the damage. He said it’s another blow for several neighborhoods.
“18 months, this is the third time they’ve been flooded out and displaced so no one will insure them, so a lot of the funds are coming out of their pockets,” McClary said.
The cost is becoming overwhelming. Julie Lawshe’s family just finished renovating following damage from Hurricane Matthew.
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“It’s awful, we’ve just been through this, I mean, this is the third time,” Lawshe said. “It’s overwhelming and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Moving belongings to higher ground is currently their only option. They used pots, pans and paint cans to hoist and elevate furniture. People who have lived in the same home for 20 and 30 years said flooding like this has only been an issue over the last three year. McClary worries eventually people are going to say enough is enough.
“It’s enough, it’s enough,” Lawshe said. “The Town of Andrews needs to do something about the drainage.”
McClary agreed and said it’s up to Georgetown County and the Department of Transportation to fix. The cost is too high for the town to handle. He’s confident there’s a solution ahead, but said drainage in Andrews has been on the backburner for far too long.
“Sales of the homes will probably go down, folks will get discouraged and move out, I don’t want that to happen,” he said. “This is a great town and has great potential but we will lose our citizens and their confidence if we can’t take care of this problem.”