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Summerville residents frustrated after Holly Street and Arbor Oaks flood again

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) - After a thunderstorm in Summerville on Tuesday, some areas in the town experienced flooding, including on Holly Street and in Arbor Oaks. Many residents said that the flooding problems are nothing new to them.

"I've been here a year and it's happened four times," said Peter Walker.

Water pooled in front yards along Holly Street after about 2 to 3 inches of rain fell in some parts of the town during the storm. 

"The ditches got flooded with water and it just crept slowly towards our house over the course of 45 minutes," said Walker.

Walker said that drains and ditches near his home are clogged and feels that not enough is being done to address the area's flooding concerns.

"It's very frustrating," he said. 

Public Works Director Russ Cornette said that his department is aware of the issues along the street and says the town is doing everything it can right now. He said that once the nearby Arbor Oaks neighborhood drainage improvements are in place, the flooding issues should get better.

"Once those systems are installed, those structures are installed we expect to see a good improvement on the flooding situation in Arbor Oaks and Holly Street," said Cornette.

Streets in Arbor Oaks also flooded on Tuesday. The neighborhood has experienced some of the worst flooding in the town in recent years. 

Resident Melanie Yuzark has been advocating for Arbor Oaks for the last several years, after the flooding issues began in 2015. She believes the improvements that are being implemented do not go far enough to solve the problem.

"What they're going to do may help a wee bit if we get a small amount of rain," said Yuzark. "But overall they need to widen and deepen [the nearby Sawmill Branch] Canal massively in order to prevent flooding, period."

The drainage improvements in Arbor Oaks are expected to be completed by the end of this year.


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