SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Once held together by mud and roots, the drainage canal off 3rd Avenue South in Surfside Beach is getting a facelift.
The canal picks up rain water from nearby roads and ponds and carries it out to the ocean. With the high volume of water passing through, homeowners and renters were starting to worry about its strength.
"It looked like they might have washed into it and eventually, undermine the side of the house and maybe it would fall in,"said Billy Gee, who visits Surfside Beach from Virginia nearly seven times a year.
The upgrade cost the city $130,000. A lot of that money is going to the thousands of pounds of concrete reinforcing the walls.
"They're like on steroids so it's not like what you've got back at your house," Gee said. "They are like super big, you could hit them with your car and it would be there."
Mayor Doug Samples said there's more to come. Once the town finishes the canal in the next three weeks, it will start repiping the storm drains on Copper Drive, 3rd Avenue North, and 16th Avenue South.
The Mayor hopes the renovations will help the homeowners and visitors feel safer whether rain or shine.