Pepperhill residents seek to sue City of N. Charleston following flooding

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More than 20 residents living in North Charleston's Pepperhill neighborhood are banning together in a lawsuit against the city

Parts of the neighborhood have been plagued by flooding since 2015.

During the 1000-year flood in October 2015, more than 100 families had to be evacuated from homes due to floodwaters.

Parts of Pepperhill also flooded during Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Matthew during 2016.

Several homes remain vacant along Peppercorn Lane.

According to lawyer Jerry Wigger, who represents homeowners in the lawsuit, the suit investigates the maintenance issues, including whether the city properly maintained the drainage system.

Wigger said he's also been investigating city permitting and recent development, like the Palmetto Commerce Parkway extension project.

At the time of the Oct. 2015 evacuation, North Charleston Fire said crews indeed searched the area for a blockage in the drainage system.

Wigger said on Thursday that between 22 and 25 homeowners are currently part of the lawsuit, which would be officially filed later this March.

Residents in the city are not supposed to discuss the case.

City of North Charleston spokesman Ryan Johnson said the city is also unable to comment on pending litigation.
 
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