AYNOR, SC (WMBF) - The Town of Aynor is in the process of replacing its deteriorating drainage system. The one in place is 100 years old, and is causing big problems. The way the towns' pipes and ditches are laid out now is causing erosion and serious flooding to roads, ditches, properties, even homes. The project is underway thanks to a $250,000 grant from DHEC, but there are still years of work ahead.
The money came just in time, though. Pictures of the town taken in August showed the aftermath of flooding and water backing up in yards up to homes. One neighbor even used a kayak because there was so much water.
Ditches along the sides of the streets are eroding into yards and fields. The plan is to put this money to use in the areas where repairs are most needed.
The town wants to update the system in four phases over four years at an estimated cost of between $2.5 and $3 million - but it won't cost the town, or taxpayers, a dime.
The town has been able to put temporary fixes on some of the drain pipes for now, and those will be the last fixed. When it's all said and done, the water will flow into brand new pipes that flow to drainage boxes that collect the water underground and dispense it back into the ground.
The flooding problem will be gone, and so will the erosion problem, because the new system will be underground and the ditches will be filled in.
It will also solve another big problem. "The biggest reason, if you've got water, especially during summertime which we've got six, eight months at least out of the year," according to Aynor Mayor Keb Johnson. "If you've got standing water in a ditch, then what's going to happen, it's going to raise mosquitoes and create a health hazard."
Johnson said completing the project in four years is a very lofty goal, but it's one leaders are striving for.
When it's finished, and there's so more flooding and the ditches are totally filled in, Johnson said it will seriously improve the look of the town and even more importantly, increase property value.