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Garden City residents ask for help with flooding problems

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Garden City, SC (WMBF) - People living along North Dogwood Drive in Garden City say the flooding is getting worse there each year.

"I think we're kind of out-of-sight, out-of-mind down here and I think they've largely ignored the letters that I've written and the requests for help."

Pastor Robert Shaw works at Garden City Chapel along North Dogwood Drive and has written to the South Carolina Department of Transportation for several years but says the problem has been going on for much longer. He says when it floods, the water stays on the road because the drains don't function properly.

"It's Monday morning and it's still wet out there," Shaw said.

Last week, the new moon in combination with high tides and rain caused unusually high water levels.

The areas hit the hardest were between Atlantic and Cypress Avenues, especially Dogwood Drive. The DOT maintains those roads and some of the other roads in the area.

Shaw says water has gotten into his chapel three times this year and he says it has taken $4,500 total in clean-up efforts in the building. He says that's not the only problem caused by the flooding.

"We've have vehicles around here that are rusted out and that are old before their times because of all the salt water they are driving over," Shaw said.

Shaw says though flooding isn't always as bad as last week, water does cover the roads every two weeks, with the new and full moons causing higher tides.

A representative from the DOT said the group is aware of the problem and are looking into it but no action has been taken yet besides cleaning out the drainage pipes. The maintenance engineer said these pipes clog easily from debris.

Shaw says a meeting between the DOT and leaders from Horry County was in the works but was canceled.

And he says there are solutions in his opinion.

"It's called a tide-flex, duck bill valve," Shaw said. "So what it does is it will close so that when water rises in the marsh, it will come back through the drain."

According to Shaw, this valve has been used to help other drainage issues in Horry County.

The DOT says the tide-flex valve has been considered an option but it's expensive and will clog easily.

"I think the valve is the first step but the second step is that they need to build up the roads on Atlantic and Cypress and build up the sea wall," Shaw said.

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