U.S. Coast Guard surveys damage along Cooper River

U.S. Coast Guard surveys damage along Cooper River
Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County Supervisor, William Peagler, announced that he is confident the County will be added to the Federal funding list after the final damage assessment is made.

President Barack Obama did not place the County on the initial list, but County officials believe that will change.

Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard surveyed the Cooper River up through Berkeley County.

Many of the rivers across the state are seeing an increase in water levels because of the receding inland flooding.

To date officers at the Charleston station haven't seen substantial damage along the Cooper River.

Tuesday was the first time they traveled the waterway up to Bushy Park since the heavy rain from the weekend.

"The Lake Marion dam is actually controlling a lot of the water that is coming down," said Boatswain's Mate Chief, Executive Petty Officer Tim Abram, with the U.S. Coast Guard. "There is some release, because we're seeing the runoff from the local counties and areas around here, back into the Cooper River. We are seeing somewhat of an increase in water current coming down this way."

The current was the most recognizable affect from the amount of rainfall.

Chief Abrams says because of all the runoff from areas inland it's creating a faster current.

"It's running about a knot and a half, or two miles an hour stronger than what it's predicted to be," Chief Abrams said.

The water level was also a surprise for these officers.

"This river did see some action through Saturday and Sunday, but right now on Tuesday, we do have much stronger current, but the water height is not as bad as what we had originally anticipated," Chief Abrams said.

As for physical damage, downed trees could be seen along the river, however officers aren't positive if it happened from the
weekend storm.

"We're seeing grasses and tree branches, things like that," Chief Abrams said. "Fortunately we haven't seen anything like personal belongings from people, or anything from a house, anything of that nature."

Petty Officers did note that if the Edisto River crests, that may change.

The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the Cooper River as the rest of the water from areas inland continues to recede.

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