Residents: Not the first time Shadowmoss has flooded

Residents: Not the first time Shadowmoss has flooded
Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A majority of the homeowners in the Shadowmoss neighborhood in West Ashley were busy cleaning up and submitting claims for their flood insurance.

"We've got watermarks in the garage that show it was maybe deep coming in," said Jann McKellar, who just bought her home in March.

No amount of sandbags seemed to stop the water from seeping into homes in Shadowmoss.

Monday a portion of the neighborhood was completely submerged in water, that had kids kayaking from home to home.

Tuesday insurance and cleaning companies were out and about surveying the amount of damage.

"After I saw that the water was receding, I got my shop-vac and went to start vacuuming it up," said Ted Yeager, who has lived in the neighborhood for nearly 30 years. "After I got enough of it done I started walking around with towels under my feet."

"My daughter-in-law has been great in trying to minimize the shock, but I have a lot of irreplaceable books that I'm really sad about," McKellar said.

McKellar was in North Carolina when she heard about the flooding.

She came back Tuesday to her floorboards buckling, carpets that need to be replaced and more.

She's upset this happened, but said it could have been worse.

"We are working with our insurance company," McKellar said. "I just saw the coverage of Katrina, and this is nothing compared to what they went through, so easy stuff."

Meanwhile some people are angry this even happened in the first place.

In 2008 the neighborhood flooded due to what they say were drainage problems.

A group of homeowners sued the city and received a settlement.

Now they're speculating why their homes flooded again.

"I think it's just all the overbuilding that's going on within this area," said Florence Chrusz, who was one of eight people that sued the city in 2008.
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to make that evaluation."

"We knew that it flooded in '08, and all indication showed the problem was solved and we were okay," McKellar said. "We're surprised this happened."

Chrusz said she will talk with others to decide on what action should be taken this time regarding the flooding.

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