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Ladson residents of the Summerwood and Tranquil areas who have been subject to periods of rampant flooding over a span of more than 20 years are on the federal government’s radar, a member of the US Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District said.

USACE Program Director Brian Williams recently addressed the Journal Scene’s Oct. 19 report on owner Duane Dickerson’s numerous cases of water damage emanating from a “clogged” waterway known as the ‘Eagle Creek running along the Sawmill Branch Trail near Berlin G. Myers Parkway.

“We have a great working relationship with the county and in fact have a few completed projects in this area that serve the community very well by reducing the risk of flooding – primarily the Sawmill branch and the existing Eagle and Chandler Creek projects,” Williams shared. .

“We were approached by the county several years ago about the potential for expansion of this Eagle and Chandler Creek project, so we consulted with them early on. We thought there was potential upside to that.”

The process that follows this preliminary outline of the issue, he continued, would be to summarize the issues involved and determine whether there is a “viable interest” in having the federal government participate in a study to mitigate water overflows caused by bad weather.

And while the agency’s Charleston office has approved the study, federal headquarters has yet to announce a funding decision to initiate the necessary inspection of the area in question.

Although Williams did not discuss specifics of the reported ‘clogging’, Dickerson’s argues that by removing a non-functioning Eagle Creek spillway, water levels would be lower and reduce the likelihood of seepage into homes. people.

He further argues that cleaning the soot from the creek bottom would also have a mitigating effect.

In the meantime, Williams confirmed that there was no timeline for funding a study as it could take a year or five years or more.

The agency representative says the federal office in Washington DC has its hands full to review a host of other flooding and sea level rise issues in many parts of the country affected by extreme rainfall and related events.

At the local level, Williams – whose unit is located just outside the Citadel campus – completed a coastal flood study for the Charleston Peninsula, as well as additional analysis of the Waccamaw River.

And while nothing seems to be happening for Dickerson and many of his fellow Ladson neighbors, Williams says his group is constantly monitoring the situation.

“We’ve been here, we’re going to continue to be here. Our employees live in these same communities that we study that have a lot of water resource issues. So we have a vested interest in doing some solid engineering and science to really determine the type of best solutions to water resource problems statewide in South Carolina.”