North Charleston helps residents prepare for potential flooding

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- The Union Heights neighborhood has a history of serious flooding, so the city of North Charleston went door to door Wednesday to make sure everyone has what they need ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Clarissa West, who lives in Union Heights, says, “They shocked me. I wasn’t expecting it, but glad to see them looking out for the community.”

West has lived in Union Heights her whole life and says she’s noticed worse flooding during the recent storms.

She says, “We’ve had a lot of flooding. And since they’ve been doing more construction out here, we’ve been getting more water in.”

She does not plan to evacuate, so she says she is glad to get a few extra sandbags.

West says, “I feel safe. We’re going to have some water, but I don’t think it’s going to be that bad.”

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey tagged along to deliver the sandbags and provided a word of warning to those choosing to stay.

He says, “Letting them know when the winds hit 45 miles per hour we have to get off the street, but we’re still here to protect them every way we can.”

The North Charleston Fire Department, Police Department, and police recruits all got involved to drop the sandbags off in Union Heights, Pepperhill, and Elms Plantation.

Summey says, “In times like this, people feel insecure. We need to make them feel as secure as possible.”

The drop offs focused on areas that frequently flood or homes belonging to people who are disabled or elderly.

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