Recent rains cause localized flooding

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Rain, rain, go away has become a common refrain in Beaufort, where heavy rainfall seemingly daily continues to contribute to flooding in several problem areas.

The City of Beaufort is working on plans to address flooding in the nine most-affected areas and estimates $15 million of work needs to be done across the city and in many locations that fall outside of the city’s regulatory jurisdiction. 

“City officials are committed to finding solutions and funding sources to provide relief to the impacted areas,” City Manager Bill Prokop said in a release. 

City personnel are active ensuring pipes, ditches, and drains are free of debris, the release said, and city personnel will work with the S.C. DOT will place traffic restrictions in flooded areas.

The city strongly recommends that residents and visitors pay close attention to the weather reports and tidal data in order to avoid flash flooding and asks the public to assist in the following ways:

  1. Remain situationally aware by paying close attention to the weather and tidal reports. If you are in a low-lying area, please take steps to protect yourself and your property. Be proactive.
  2. Ensure drains, pipes, and ditches are free of debris in front of your home or business. If unable to clear debris, contact the City of Beaufort Public Works Department at 843-525-7054 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or 843-524-2777 after hours or on weekends. City employees will be on call to address issues based on the level of severity.
  3. Do not attempt to drive on any street that appears to be flooded or prone to flooding.
  4. For those in need, sandbags are available at Southside Park for pickup. Call 843-525-7054 for details.

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