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Garden City homeowners concerned about flooding

Some said the flooding is partly due to sand washed into the canals during Hurricane Hugo. Some said the flooding is partly due to sand washed into the canals during Hurricane Hugo.
One resident says contributing factor to the flooding could be a blocked drain. One resident says contributing factor to the flooding could be a blocked drain.

GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) Homeowners who live near the marsh and canals in Garden City are concerned about a major flooding problem. They are asking for something to be done to fix the problem.

Homeowner Ed Black stated, "I park on the corner and walk in. You roll your pants up or carry a pair of shorts to change and walk in." Black said he has to do that about once a month during high tide. He said that is when marsh and canals behind his home flood the whole surrounding area.

Many said it is a growing problem that has been around for years.

"Friends of mine have some businesses over here, and they parked their cars over there because they knew the tide was going to flood. And, what happened was it flooded all the way [to their vehicles] and when they came in in the morning, the water was up into their cars," recalls Mark McCouiston.

Some said the flooding is partly due to sand washed into the canals during Hurricane Hugo, and homeowners say the flooding is causing thousands worth of damage.

Black adds, "The water getting in the houses causes a lot of rot. I spent a lot of money last year replacing timbers and lumber that was right in my house from this."

Black said a contributing factor to the flooding could be a blocked drain.

"The drainage is blocked. There is a culvert that takes the water off the road and drains it into the creek," Black claims.

A few homeowners who live near North Dogwood Street and the two causeways into Garden City are asking for the canals to be dredged. Black stated, "I'm sure the homeowners back here would be willing to chip in. It's a real problem for all of us."

Other homeowners have a different idea about how to fix the problem.

"When we developed here we didn't really take in…we did it as quick and cheap as we could and now we're paying for it. One way to do it would be raising that road over there…raise the bridge like I said and then you'd have your runoff to the sides," explains McCouiston.

WMBF News is working to find out if authorities are planning to do anything to fix the problem.

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