GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — The Georgetown County Stormwater Division is working on a plan to address flooding and drainage system issues across the county and is looking to enlist the help of residents.
The phases of the project will each focus on a different watershed.
The first phase, which is set to begin this month, will look at issues on the Waccamaw Neck and how to address them. Residents of the Waccamaw Neck can learn how to participate during a public meeting at the Waccamaw Library at 5:30 p.m. on July 29.
“We’re really looking to add the experiences and knowledge of people who live and work here in order to understand the issues in their area day-to-day, month-to-month,” said Tracy Jones, stormwater manager. “Residents and business owners know what happens on their streets and in their neighborhoods. We want to add their information to the database so we can use their information to complete the watershed masterplan.”
The public meeting will include a presentation and a demonstration of the mapping system that will be used to let residents report issues.
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Residents and business owners will be able to use the map to locate addresses and street names, drop pins to indicate areas of concern, and enter details about the problem. A link to the mapping application will be available after the meeting.
After the public has access to the map for one month, the staff will pull the information and add it to the database.
Engineering consultant Thomas and Hutton will use the data to help with making the model of the existing stormwater drainage infrastructure.
The model will then be used to make recommendations for improvements and rank their priority for construction. This work should be done by the end of the year.
Georgetown County will use these recommendations to leverage funding and create a master plan to address the flooding and drainage system issues.
The Stormwater Division is also scheduled to give a presentation and mapping demonstration on the project and the mapping system to County Council at its July 27 meeting.
The link to the mapping system will be available here beginning at 6:30 p.m. on July 29.