City of Charleston to install a flooding detection and alert system

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)– The City of Charleston will be accepting a $111,900 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday night.

The money will be used to install an Urban Flood Detection and Alert System. The system will be comprised of a series of cameras and sensors that alert the City of Charleston of flood water on the roadways. The sensors will also activate signage on nearby roads warning drivers of the possible hazard.

The city applied for the FEMA grant in August of 2016 following the historic floods in 2015. The city will also be contributing about $20,000 to the project. 

City of Charleston Chief Resilience Officer Mark Wilbert says the technology will allow them  to provide information to the National Weather Service in Charleston to assist in “ground truthing” forecasts and current conditions. 

The system will add 4 cameras to the city’s current public safety camera system that has 71 cameras. The proposed 4 cameras will be the first cameras installed in the city with the primary purpose of flood detection. 

The system will also add 4 flood sensors and 9 signs at the following locations: 

  • King Street and Huger Street sensor accompanied by: 
    • King Street and Moultrie Street sign 
    • Huger Street and Housing Authority sign 
    • King Street and Congress Street sign 
    • Huger at Shand Street sign 
  • Saint Andrews Boulevard Ramp sensor accompanied by the: 
    • Saint Andrews Boulevard Ramp sign 
  • Calhoun Street sensor accompanied by the:
    • Calhoun at Courtenay Street sign 
    • Calhoun at Ogier Street sign 
  • Morrison Drive sensor accompanied by: 
    • Morrison Drive at Blake Street sign 
    • Morrison Drive at Huger Street sign

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