Protect Our Homes, Save our Community
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Over the past two years, Turkey Creek has flooded our Hanahan community numerous times. The most destructive flood was just a few months ago in October 2016, as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Almost every residence on Brookside Drive experienced devastating flooding, along with many other homes in Belvedere Estates and surrounding neighborhoods. Many homeowners are still displaced from their homes while waiting on insurance funds and repairs to be made, some people for the second year in a row. This flood occurred exactly one year following the "100 Year Flood" that hit the Charleston area in October 2015.
At nearly every high tide or moderate-to-heavy rain, flood waters from Turkey Creek cover Brookside Drive, overflow the road-side ditches, and flood our yards. Barriers are placed by police at both ends of the street to divert traffic, as the road is impassible. To combat the problem of the recurrent flooding along Turkey Creek, we - the citizens of Hanahan - are requesting that the City of Hanahan apply for the FMA Planning Grant through the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program handled by the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and funded by FEMA. This grant would provide up to an initial $25,000 for the City to perform an independent study of Turkey Creek's watershed, in order to see if any potential flood mitigation may be possible, such as: Floodwalls, Levies, Dunes, Pump Stations, Dredging, etc. The goal of this grant is to reduce long-term flooding of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) insured properties through mitigation, thereby reducing flood insurance claims, costs, repetitive loss, and resulting in a safer community for all of us. The initial Planning Grant would provide for 75% of the planning costs, and the final FMA Project Grant (if also applied for by the City) typically provides for 90% of the mitigation costs for areas of repetitive loss properties, and can cover up to 100% of the mitigation costs if deemed severe repetitive loss properties.
If you would like to see the City of Hanahan apply for the FMA Planning Grant in order to have a study of Turkey Creek's watershed done, please sign this petition.
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