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Charleston police seek funding for flood alert technology

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City of Charleston Police will seek City Council approval Tuesday to submit a FEMA grant application for nearly $130,000 for flood alert cameras and barriers.
According to documents submitted to the council’s Ways and Means committee, police are seeking the 2016 Hazard Mitigation grant Program (HMGP) Application to the SC Dept. of Emergency Management for $128,078 for the cameras and other flood technology tools. A city match of $42,693 is required.
According to a NOAA referenced in the grant application, Charleston averaged 23 flooding days per year from 2007-2013, 33 flooding days in 2014 and more than 33 flooding days in the first half of 2015 alone.

If approved, the application states “the cameras would allow the city to remotely monitor frequently flooded intersections,” which would free officers to leave inundated intersections and begin rerouting traffic. “The flood sensor/flashing signage would detect rising water in variable areas of the city where flooding is temporarily expected to worsen,” according to the grant application
Application documents show proposed camera and remote sensor locations, though locations are subject to change:
1.     Ashley Ave and Bennett
2.     Lockwood Dr and Wentworth
3.     King St and Huger
4.     Vanderhorst St and Thomas
5.     Central Park and Riverland
6.     Ft. Johnson and Folly
7.     Hwy 61/17 split (before Wesley)
8.     Muirfield Pkwy and Par Dr
9.     Main Rd near Limehouse Bridge
10.  Winners Circle and Bee’s Ferry
11.  Muirfield Pkwy and Par Dr
City of Charleston Ways and Means committee meets Tuesday at 4:30pm.

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