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Beaufort County residents express flooding concerns in Mossy Oaks neighborhood

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

Residents in one Beaufort neighborhood are keeping their eye on the sky a little closer than others. That’s because for them when it rains it floods.

We spoke to some homeowners in Mossy Oaks this afternoon ahead of this evening’s rain and found out why residents prepare for the worse even with light showers.

Some have seen up to 6 inches of water in their house after a heavy rain. 

“The most important thing in the world, a dry place to sleep,” said  Charles Haldt, Mossy Oaks Resident. 

But for residents of Mossy Oaks, like Charles Haldt, their homes aren’t always that dry.

A rainy day two weeks ago heightened their concerns

“The initial rain the hour of pouring down rain my house wasn’t threatened. But as soon as this ditch overflowed into my yard like a dike breaking in the river. I had water at the edge of my house and up on my porch," said Haldt.

Charles Haldt is not alone. Don Edgerley lives near the Spanish Moss Trail. He doesn’t have a flooding problem like his neighbors. He’s noticing a bigger impact.

“I've watched the wildlife change, the water goes out a lot further, but it's shallow," said Don Edgerley, Mossy Oaks Resident. "Now we have a sandbar back here from all the dirt that’s washed into the area."

The city is working behind the scenes to address the issue starting with a duck pond that acts like a retention pond. The excess water flows through a series of ditches and culverts into here. But residents are concerned those ditches just can’t handle the amount of water being flushed in.

“Personally, I think this culvert that goes from this ditch to that ditch need to be enlarged. I’m sure there’s some formula that says to hold so many cubic yards of water you have to have a certain size culvert. But we keep getting is there’s no pot of money out there to do this,“ said Haldt.

For the past two to three years the water hasn't been making it to the pond. Instead, it's sitting in people's yards and in their homes.

The city says the issue is a combination of a few problems, including lack of maintenance. 

"First I think we're having larger rain events than we have in the past," said Stephen Murray, Beaufort City Councilman. "We're having higher tides than we've seen in the past combined with a system that wasn't designed to handle the capacity of water that it's taken and also a system that hasn't been maintained properly like I think it should have been."

The city says the trickiest part is all the moving components between the city, state, and county because they all own different parts of this neighborhood, from the roads to the culverts themselves. The city is planning to have this on their next work session agenda.

The city is working with the county and the state to study the current drainage system including two applications for grants that would provide close to $400,000  for drainage and stormwater mitigation.

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