Searching for Flood Solutions in West Ashley, Man Believes He Found the Source

October 17, 2017, 10:40 am EST | Share:

WEST ASHLEY, SC (BILL BURR, WTAT-TV) — Flooding in West Ashley continues to affect people, but one man believes he has found the source of the problem.

It’s a long walk in the woods for Julian Porter as he shows us a possible problem spot for flooding.

“Railroad tracks right there. It’s those big pipes I told you about,” said Porter as he pointed towards large drainage pipes, hidden in a heavily wooded area of the Church Creek basin.

“That way is 61. That way is Glenn McConnell,” he said while pointing in each direction.

It takes GPS to find it.

“We’re right there where the blue spot is,” he noted while showing a map on his phone.

Julian says he’s studying the land near Crosstowne Christian Church. He wants to know why this area of Bees Ferry Road floods during heavy rain.

“I’m basically putting my feet in the shoes of the flooded homeowners. We all pay this storm water fee. And this – this is where the storm water goes,” Porter said.

He believes litter, debris, and nature are blocking the flow of stormwater.

“You see those pipes underneath that train trestle right there? They’re humongous. You can stoop down and walk through them. And it drains to this. This is a bottleneck,” he said.

“They may affect the drainage capacity when it’s at its lowest levels. But not under a flooded condition,” explained Bob Horner, an engineer for Weston & Sampson who has was hired by the city of Charleston.

While he admits there are complicated solutions to stopping floodwaters, he thinks some relief may come from the city’s plans to improve this part of West Ashley.

“At some point in the future when they decide to move forward so that they can contribute to kind of reducing the flooding potential and work towards eliminating it,” Horner said.

“I hope they clear that out and make it drain better,” Porter said. He just wants answers to reflect the needs of his neighbors.

“They need to hold the water here. Not in the people’s yards and homes,” he said.

Bob Horner says his engineers will attend a workshop with city officials on Wednesday to talk about their research. Next week, engineers will turn in recommendations to help prevent future flooding.