CHARLESTON, S.C (WCBD)– This year, the City of Charleston created a new stormwater department to work solely on alleviating flooding and improving drainage.
On Tuesday, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg announced who he has selected to lead the department.
Drainage needs and flooding woes were previously tended to by the public works department but city leaders said flooding issues needed focused attention.
Mayor Tecklenburg has selected Matthew Fountain to serve as the director of the department because of his expertise and familiarity with the area.
Fountain is a stormwater engineer and a geologist who worked for Charleston County for nearly a decade.
There are 74 total employees in the stormwater department. The department has an operating budget of $7,379,116.