Horry County releases plan to fix drainage issues in Cameron Village

Courtesy: Karen Browne
Courtesy: Karen Browne

 

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – For more than a year now, we’ve told you about flooding problems in the Cameron Village neighborhood in Myrtle Beach.

Tuesday, county leaders gave their plans to fix the drainage issues.

Council member Johnny Vaught says they found some of the pipes that lead to the retention ponds are too small, so they plan to replace those with larger pipes.

On top of that, they’ve made plans to work on an outfall to alleviate some of the flooding.

“We’re doing an outfall across some property that belongs to Grand Strand Water and Sewer, it’s going across one of their sod farms. So, hopefully that’s going to open the final drainage so that all this stuff can move faster, ” said Vaught.

Vaught says they’re also working on an engineering study to look at the overall problem to make sure they fix everything that needs to be fixed in the neighborhood.

“These big storms we’ve had, these big floods we’ve had have shown us where there’s inefficiencies, and it’s just going to take us time to fix them,” said Vaught.

He says they’re pretty easy fixes, but the flooding is something they’ll work with developers on in the future to prevent.

“Development takes place so fast in Horry County, and things change so fast that in the past, I don’t think we’ve been far sighted enough to consider those changes coming, and I think now, we’re starting to really look into those kinds of things because things are changing so fast,” said Vaught.

The engineer told county leaders they plan to start those repairs Tuesday, and it will take about 90 days to complete.