North Myrtle Beach plans for more than a million in drainage repairs

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (WBTW), — Wednesday, North Myrtle Beach City leaders talked about fixing more than a dozen drainage problem locations at a cost of more than a million dollars.

City officials say after the historic flooding in October they quickly learned their drainage system needed repairs.

Two months later a plan is in place, but a lot still needs to be done before the work starts.

About a month ago News 13 visited The King of Glory Church off of 11th Avenue in North Myrtle Beach.  Lingering flood waters from October’s storm were still everywhere.

Now the church is somewhat back to normal but evidence of the flooding, like strong odors, still remain in some areas.

Frank Troglauer is the president of the church.

Carpets are still missing from some rooms and he says the church is still dealing with mold, and now small rains mean flooding at the church will likely happen again.

But 11th Avenue North is just one of 18 problem areas the city is aware of so far.

“There is some significant storm water drainage problems in the city,” said Pat Dowling.

Pat Dowling is the City Spokesperson for North Myrtle Beach. He says the number of drainage issue areas is expected to grow.

Dowling says one thing slowing down the process is the need to work with the private sector to create draining easements.

He says another problem is the more than one million dollar expected cost.

“Council will try and figure out where to get the money to do all these projects,” said Dowling.

Council plans to meet in March to discuss the budget and how to pay for this growing project.

“I feel very happy to hear that there is a plan here,” said Troglauer.

Dowling says the cost right now is just an estimate and it will probably be closer to $2 million when all the projects are included.

He says the city is considering several ways to fund the project including: staggering the projects over two years, taking out a loan, borrowing from other capital projects, or increasing stormwater fees.

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