Charleston will create new Stormwater Department as flooding concerns rise

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In recent years, heavy rains have swamped areas like the corner of Ashley Avenue and Sumter Street, seen above - DUSTIN WATERS
  • Dustin Waters
  • In recent years, heavy rains have swamped areas like the corner of Ashley Avenue and Sumter Street, seen above
Charleston city officials voted to establish a new department specifically focused on flooding and drainage in the upcoming year.

The city will hire a stormwater director to head the department, along with project managers, inspectors, administrative technicians, and construction workers, according to a press release from the city.

Altogether, the city's 2019 budget makes room for 10 new positions.



In November, longtime city public services director Laura Cabiness resigned the post she held for 20 years after Mayor John Tecklenburg announced his intention to create the new department, P&C reported.

City Council approved the creation of the department Tuesday night. Council also increased stormwater funding by $2.4 million for 2019.

"With tough new stormwater rules already in place in Church Creek and more on the way citywide, not to mention a large number of drainage projects moving forward now and in the future, this department will give us the focus and accountability we need to see these projects and others through to success," Tecklenburg said in a statement.

On Monday, Tecklenburg announced he would seek re-election to a second term next year.

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