Charleston County to adopt ‘Resilience Plan’ to combat flooding

Published: Oct. 14, 2019 at 7:28 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston County leaders are working to be one step ahead when it comes to flooding and growth with a plan to help the county adapt to changes.

A “Resilience Element” will be added to the county’s comprehensive plan to reduce the impacts of flooding and unexpected growth.

Officials say over the past three years flooding, hurricanes and unexpected growth have created stress on essential services and infrastructure plans.

The Charleston County Planning Commission’s subcommittee took nine months to create the plan. The major key points are finding ways to be proactive when it comes to flooding, natural disaters and transportation.

However, flooding is the main concern because it impacts transportation, economic growth and emergency services.

The actions taken in the resilience plan include updating land development ordinances, building ordinances and prioritizing funding for flood reduction projects.

There is also an public education element that will teach business owners and residents what they can do to protect themselves in the future.

The planning commission is set to meet at 2 p.m. Monday at the Lonnie Hamilton Building.

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