Florence County Council approves $1 million for 60 year-old drainage fix

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – A community meeting was held Tuesday night at the Brooks-McCall Park in Florence County to discuss a 60 year-old drainage problem in the Brookgreen community.

The drainage fix is expected to cost $1 million dollars, according to Florence County Councilman Al Bradley.

Money to fund the project will come from Florence County’s penny sales tax.

People who live in the Brookgreen area say the drainage fix is something they have needed for years.

“It has been like this for a while. The water don’t run as fast as it used to,” said Brookgreen resident Hector Lugo.

For nearly fifty years Lugo has dealt with drainage problems around his home. He says the county does try to pump out the water, but says the rains are simply too much.

“The drainage starts backing up again and then they come and do something else but it seems as if nothing works,” Lugo added.

Florence County Councilman Al Bradley says the drainage issues began sixty years ago but were never fixed.

“When the developers built the community they built it in a shape of a bowl,” Councilman Bradley said.

But now homeowners in the affected communities will get  help they hoped for.

“We are going to start here and while this project is going I’ll be meeting with the Foxcroft community as well and getting their project going,” said Councilman Bradley

Councilman Bradley say it could take up to a year to fix the problem.

“It is going to be a lot of work done in the community, tearing up streets, ditches, equipment will be out there, supplies will be out there and we want to get the community involved in helping to protect that and knowing who to call if there is a problem,” Bradley explained.

“You get used to the rain; you get used to the snow but then when it gets to drainage and flooding people don’t like that too much,” said Lugo.

Councilman Bradley says the purpose of the public meeting Tuesday night is to let members of the community know what to expect in the coming weeks.

Bradley says the money has been approved and contractors are ready to begin the work.

News 13 will keep you up to date on the progress.