Popperdam Creek receives cleaning after resident's request

Popperdam Creek receives cleaning after resident's request
(Source: Live 5)
(Source: Live 5)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Public Works crews were out cutting and cleaning the Popperdam Creek Thursday after severe flooding caused damage to some homes.

Ryan Johnson, spokesman with the City, said they have been working with the Air Force to modify the fencing that allows the city to clean further down the creek.

Regina Lee, of Allwood Avenue, in the Forest Hills neighborhood, said her home has flooded twice in the last seven months because of the creek.

Johnson said the fencing was relocated to do some additional cleaning on the creek.

A member of the crew said they were cleaning up branches and trees along the water, although dredging the creek was not mentioned.

Lee believes there is debris in the creek that is preventing the water from flowing to the Ashley River, which is causing the creek to rise during heavy rains such as during the historic October floods and Tropical Storm Bonnie.

"The resident requested that we clean the creek further down and we worked to accommodate that request," Johnson said. "The home is in a federally designated flood zone and cleaning the creek won't change that condition. The cleaning is to attempt to allow the creek to flow as efficiently as possible, however, it doesn't change the condition of the flood zone."

Lee said her home is once again going through renovations after the most recent storm.

"I honestly don't know what I'm going to do," Lee said. "I don't know if I even want to stay there anymore."

Johnson added historically, when crews check the creek, they do not find any significant obstructions.

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