Leaders announce Dutch Dialogues project to combat area flooding problems

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WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCBD) – Officials with the City of Charleston are meeting with a delegation from the Netherlands to brainstorm ideas on how to fix flooding problems here in the Lowcountry.

Right now, they are focusing on four key areas, which includes the Church Creek Basin, Johns Island, and two areas on the peninsula.

The program is designed to bring together national and international flooding experts, city leaders and nonprofit partners to develop a plan to mitigate flooding.

Charleston’s Dutch Dialogues is slated to run through the Summer of 2019. It started with a kickoff event on Wednesday and is followed by data collection and analysis, a design workshop and design recommendations.

“…to get some of the world’s greatest experts to come and give you their stamp of approval or give their constructive criticism about what we could do even better, we’re at that juncture where such a dialogue is so meaningful to Charleston,” said Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Leaders close to the project say the Dutch Dialogues have successfully added new approaches to mitigate flood risks in New Orleans, Virginia and many others.

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