Work to improve drainage in Darlington on hold

Darlington, SC - DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Planning officials in Darlington say plans to improve drainage in a southern section of the city is on hold due to a lack of funding.

Darlington County Planning Director Larry Reimold says plans for the South Darlington Watershed Project will cost more than the county had planned and will not be ready in time to meet federal stimulus qualifications. As a result, the county won't be getting more than $800,000 to put towards the project.

"Darlington County has several areas of major flooding and we wish we could address them all," Reimold said. "There's a variety of other things still yet to be done before we knew we'd be able to meet that Sept. 30 deadline."

Reimold says there's still some work to do on getting permits together and the latest estimates call for a price tag of around $1.2 million. Even with the stimulus money, the county can't make up the difference to cover the project's cost.

People who live off South McIver Road in Darlington say they've waited on this project to be finished for years.

"You've got to watch [the water] because if you don't, your car may hydroplane. You've got to be careful," Larry Barcus, a resident along McIver Street, said. "I think we need to come up with the money. It will help us better [and] help the whole community."

Reimold says he hopes to have plans finalized by 2010, and at that time, the county can receive federal earmarks to pay for the improvements. Until then, things will stay the same in the South Darlington watershed area.

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